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A study investigated the feasibility of teaching conceptual complexity to adults using an in-basket simulation. Training incorporated Kelly's components of differentiation and integration with Schroder's Cognitive Competencies and followed Lewin's Experiential Learning Model. Research participants in the original study were 24 women and 18 men, aged 25-55, attending an experienced learner baccalaureate program. Research participants in the replication study were 10 women and 10 men enrolled in management development courses offered in a community college management development program and/or an external Master's in management program. The instrument consisted of a 41-page, self-paced workbook that included pretest, text, in-basket, feedback on pretest and in-basket exercises, and posttest. The overall training effect was significant, confirming the research hypothesis that conceptual complexity could be improved through explicit training. In addition, in the original study, women scored significantly higher than men and showed greater improvement from pretest to posttest. (Appendixes contain a list of 57 references, 3 data tables, and 1 figure.) (Author/YLB)

Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Concept Formation, Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Educational Research, Experiential Learning, Feasibility Studies, Instructional Design, Teaching Methods

Autor: Montuori, Lucinda A.; Kimmel, Ellen B.

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10041&id=ED388768

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