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Title: Assessing Spatial Navigation Tools for Cognitive Science
Authors: Diehl, Christine L.
Ranney, Michael
Issue Date: Jul-1996
Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
Citation: Diehl, C. L. & Ranney, M. (1996). Assessing Spatial Navigation Tools for Cognitive Science. In Edelson, D. C. & Domeshek, E. A. (Eds.), International Conference on the Learning Sciences, 1996 (pp. 36-43). Evanston, IL, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
Abstract: We investigated the influence of spatial visualization, spatial reasoning, and environmental cognition skills on students' use of instructional hypermedia navigation tools. Forty undergraduate cognitive science students were randomly assigned to one of two hypermedia system conditions: a map-like navigation tool ("spatial" representation) or a menu-like navigation tool ("less spatial"). All students performed a searching activity, then browsed freely through the system. Students then commented on their perceptions of the system and drew concept maps of the contents. Regression analyses indicate that per formance with the map-like navigation tool is positively correlated with environmental cognition, whereas performance with the menu-like navigation tool is positively correlated with spatial visualization and reasoning. The general findings suggest that spatial navigation tools should be incorporated into instructional hypermedia with less spatial navigation methods to complement students' spatial cognitive abilities.
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