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Title: The effects of autonomous learning on cognitive load and learning results
Authors: Gorissen, Chantal
Kester, Liesbeth
Brand-Gruwel, Saskia
Martens, Rob
Keywords: Motivation
Self-Determination Theory
Issue Date: 12-Jan-2012
Abstract: In this study we examined the research question, does autonomy support in a hypermedia environment lead to different types of motivation, performance and experienced cognitive load compared to learner control and system control? While taking into account students’ SAT-scores and academic self regulation style (ASRS). A total of 69 grade 5 students studied video material about volcano’s and earthquakes. The setup was a between subjects design with three conditions. In the first condition (fixed procedure) students worked in a standardized way. In the second condition (learner control) the students had to choose their own study material from a database, no structure was provided. In the last condition (autonomy) the students had control over the type of control for each task, by being able to choose their own study materials (condition two), follow the structured learning path (condition one), or creating a mix of the two. Results showed a significant interaction for the condition and the ASRS. Students in the fixed procedure condition with an autonomous ASRS felt more competent. There was a main effect for ASRS on mental effort, which showed that students with a controlled ASRS experienced more cognitive load, during the learning phase as well as during both test phases (immediate and 3 months later). The ASRS also had a significant effect on the proportion of advice that was followed by students in the autonomy condition. Students with an autonomous ASRS tended to follow more advice compared to the students with a controlled ASRS. It appears that in this study the learner characteristic ASRS influenced the way in which learners dealt with the hypermedia environment in an important way. When designing instructions for hypermedia environments this might be worth taking into account.
Description: Gorissen, C. J. J., Kester, L., Brand-Gruwel, S., & Martens, R. L. (2011, August). The Effects of Autonomous Learning on Cognitive Load and Learning Results. Presentation at the EARLI conference. Exeter, UK.
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