Effects of computer animated instruction upon cognition of undergraduates in an agricultural power technology course

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Title: Effects of computer animated instruction upon cognition of undergraduates in an agricultural power technology course
Author: McGregor, Kyle W.
Abstract: The utilization of visual elaboration has been a key component of the educational process for instmctors of agricultural power technology . Traditionally , still illustration and representatives of real equipment (realia ) have been utilized to teach the hidden theoretical concepts that comprise the most basic operational processes of the internal combustion engine and its accompanying systems . Exponential technology advancement has allowed the development of a new mode of visual elaboration in the form of highquality computer generated animation . This dissertation , which utilized the dual coding theory as a theoretical framework , is the first of its kind to compare the use of traditional visual elaboration in agricultural power technology with that of the traditional methods and the added component of computer -generated animation . Computer -generated animations are most effective when used with topics that are abstract , vague , hidden or too fast or slow to view . When applied to operational theory of common internal combustion engines , animation is a natural fit . Animation must also be utilized with suitable content and an appropriate learner in order to be effective . Animations are beneficial when compared to still illustration and realia because they offer the benefit of motion and trajectory . The study sought to identify any significant benefits that would result from the addition of animation to an agricultural power technology lesson .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /19727
Date: 2002-12

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Effects of computer animated instruction upon cognition of undergraduates in an agricultural power technology course. Doctoral dissertation, Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /19727 .

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