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Proceedings of the Mid-South Instructional Technology Conference


This study looked at the effect of contextual advisement and competition on transfer of mathematics skills in a computer-based instructional simulation game and simulation in which game participants helped their “aunt and uncle” fix up a house. Competition referred to whether or not the participant was playing against a computer character, and context of advisement referred to whether the participant had access to a reference book and video clips, or just the reference book. The video consisted of advice on how to solve the problem and was delivered by the “aunt and uncle.” One hundred and twenty-three seventh- and eighth-grade students were randomly assigned to one of five conditions formed by crossing the two independent variables and adding a control group. Results indicated that non-competitive conditions may be best for transfer learning and that highcontextual advisement (video) may promote transfer.


Presented at the Mid-South Instructional Technology Conference. April 8–10, 2001, Murfreesboro, TN.