Coherence and prior knowledge in visualizations

M.A.A. van Amelsvoort, L. van Weelden, Nadine de Jong, Rick Thijssen

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Based on Kintsch’(1994) research on the interaction between prior knowledge and text coherence for learning from text, we investigate whether the same effect is present when learning from visual instruction. In our first experiment, participants had to tie a tie following visual instructions with low or high coherence. Background knowledge was manipulated by giving half of the participants two practice knots (the others did not practice and therefore had no background knowledge). Results show that the high background knowledge group conducted the task faster than the low background knowledge group, but there was no interaction between background knowledge and coherence on performance. In the round table session, we would like to discuss merits of our approach and possible future studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuilding bridges: Improving our understanding of learning from text and graphics by making the connection
EditorsHuib Tabbers, Bjorn de Koning, Marije van Amelsvoort, Jan van der Meij, Neil Jacobson, Erica de Vries
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventEARLI SIG2 meeting 2014 - Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 25 Sept 201427 Oct 2014


ConferenceEARLI SIG2 meeting 2014


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