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Frerejean J, van Strien JLH, Kirschner PA, Brand‐Gruwel S. Effects of a modelling example for teaching information problem solving skills. J Comput Assist Learn. 2018;34:688–700.

Effects of a modelling example for teaching information problem solving skills

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Author: Frerejean, J.1; van Strien, J.L.H.1; Kirschner, P.A.1,2;
Organizations: 1Welten Institute, Open University of the Netherlands
2LET Research Unit, University of Oulu
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2018
Publish Date: 2018-12-31


Although students often appear to be skilled in retrieving and making use of information from the internet, research shows that their information problem solving skills are overestimated. They show deficiencies in many of the necessary skills, such as generation of search terms, selection of sources, and critical processing of information. It is therefore necessary to design and develop effective instruction to foster information problem solving skills. Research shows that learning from examples can be an effective approach for teaching complex cognitive skills in ill‐structured domains, such as writing or communicating. To explore whether this also holds for information problem solving, this study investigates the effects of presenting a modelling example in an online information problem solving training. Results of two experiments show that viewing a modelling example, presented as a screencast of an expert thinking out loud and interspersed with cognitive prompts, leads to a higher posttest performance than performing a practice task. The effect persisted on a delayed posttest 1 week later. The results imply that information problem solving instruction in an online setting can benefit from employing video‐based modelling examples.

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Series: Journal of computer assisted learning
ISSN: 0266-4909
ISSN-E: 1365-2729
ISSN-L: 0266-4909
Volume: 34
Issue: 6
Pages: 688 - 700
DOI: 10.1111/jcal.12276
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Copyright information: © 2018 The Authors. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning Published by John Wiley & Sons. Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution‐NonCommercial‐NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non‐commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.