Title page for ETD etd-04132000-16260041

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Farrell, Inez Hofner
Author's Email Address ifarrell@vt.edu
URN etd-04132000-16260041
Title Navigation Tools’ Effect on Learners’ Achievement and Attitude
Degree PhD
Department Instructional Technology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Magliaro, Susan G. Committee Co-Chair
Moore, David Michael Committee Co-Chair
Burton, John K. Committee Member
Lockee, Barbara B. Committee Member
Sherman, Gregory P. Committee Member
  • Learner Control
  • Hybrid CD-Rom
  • Hypermedia
  • Interactivity
  • Navigation
Date of Defense 2000-03-07
Availability unrestricted
Navigation tools can be used to direct the amount of learner control and interactivity available in a hypermedia hybrid CD-ROM environment. The purpose of this study was to ascertain if varying the amount of learner control and interactivity through the used of navigation tools would influence the achievement and attitude of learners. The design of the study was a quasi-experimental study with random assignment of three ability levels of students to three navigation tool treatment groups. A 3 (navigation tool treatments) by 3 (ability levels) by 2 (achievement and attitude) factorial design was employed to test the hypotheses. A module titled The Poetry Portal was constructed to test 3 navigation tools (linear, menu and search engine) and their effect on achievement and attitude scores. One hundred forty-six eighth grade students were stratified into 3 ability levels (low, middle, high) by Stanford 9 scores. The module content correlated to the English 8 Virginia Standards of Learning. Results of this study based on the data are derived from descriptive statistics, two-way ANOVA, one-way ANOVA and a Tukey/Kramer Post Hoc test. The level of significance was set at .05. Results show a significant gain in achievement for high ability level students using the navigation tool search engine. Significant difference in attitude was found for all ability levels using the navigation tool menu. Suggestions for further research in this area are included.
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