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Scientific problem solving in a virtual laboratory : comparison between individuals and pairs

Metrailler, Y. A. and Reijnen, E. and Kneser, C. and Opwis, K.. (2008) Scientific problem solving in a virtual laboratory : comparison between individuals and pairs. Swiss journal of psychology, Vol. 67, Nr. 2. pp. 71-83.

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Official URL: http://edoc.unibas.ch/dok/A5248822

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Abstract

This study compared individuals with pairs in a scientific problem-solving task. Participants interacted with a virtual psychological laboratory called Virtue to reason about a visual search theory. To this end, they created hypotheses, designed experiments, and analyzed and interpreted the results of their experiments in order to discover which of five possible factors affected the visual search process. Before and after their interaction with Virtue, participants took a test measuring theoretical and methodological knowledge. In addition, process data reflecting participants` experimental activities and verbal data were collected. The results showed a significant but equal increase in knowledge for both groups. We found differences between individuals and pairs in the evaluation of hypotheses in the process data, and in descriptive and explanatory statements in the verbal data. Interacting with Virtue helped all students improve their domain-specific and domain-general psychological knowledge.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Persönlichkeits- und Entwicklungspsychologie > Allgemeine Psychologie und Methodologie (Opwis)
UniBasel Contributors:Opwis, Klaus
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Hans Huber
ISSN:1421-0185
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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