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The Use of Concrete Examples Enhances the Learning of Abstract Concepts; A Replication Study
Teaching of Psychology, Start page: 009862832110580
Swansea University Author: Phil Newton
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DOI (Published version): 10.1177/00986283211058069
BackgroundPrior research suggests that the teaching of abstract concepts can be enhanced by the use of concrete examples, but there are few controlled studies.ObjectiveTo replicate key findings from experiment one from Rawson et al. (2015).MethodExperiment participants studied definitions of abstrac...
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BackgroundPrior research suggests that the teaching of abstract concepts can be enhanced by the use of concrete examples, but there are few controlled studies.ObjectiveTo replicate key findings from experiment one from Rawson et al. (2015).MethodExperiment participants studied definitions of abstract concepts from psychology, either with or without concrete examples. The replication differed from Rawson et al. by using a paid online participant pool, of non-psychology students, and a trimmed methodology focused on the key outcome.ResultsConcrete examples enhanced learning of abstract concepts. The critical finding was enhanced recognition of previously unseen examples matched to learned definitions, thus replicating the results of Rawson et al., with an effect size d = 0.30.ConclusionThe use of concrete examples was found to enhance learning of abstract concepts when teaching concepts from psychology to non-psychology students using an online paid participant pool.Teaching ImplicationsThe teaching of abstract concepts in psychology could be helped by frequent use of concrete, real-world examples.
learning science, teaching effectiveness, instructional methods, replication
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