Visual testing: searching for guidelines

Kitty van Gendt, Pleunes Willem Verhagen

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An experiment was conducted to investigate the influence of the variables "realism" and "context" on the performance of biology students on a visual test about the anatomy of a rat. The instruction was primarily visual with additional verbal information like Latin names and practical information about the learning task: dissecting a rat to gain insight into the anatomy of a mammal. Students were tested on: recognition of anatomical objects; labeling of these objects; and relations between objects. Results indicate that the amount of realism and context used in the text influences test performance depending on the learning tasks. Test results also show a learning hierarchy in the different learning tasks with the recognition task being the easiest and the relations task being the most difficult.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnual Proceedings of Selected Research and Development [and] Practice Papers Presented at the National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications Communications and Technology
EditorsMargaret Crawford, Michael Simonson, Carmen Lamboy
Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2001
Event2001 AECT National Convention - Atlanta, United States
Duration: 8 Nov 200112 Nov 2001
Conference number: 24


Conference2001 AECT National Convention
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • IR-94531
  • METIS-203161


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