(10) On Validating Learning Hierarchies

E. Ray Phillips
University of South Florida

Robert B. Kane
Purdue University

Abstract: Using Gagne’s task analysis a learning hierarchy for whole number addition was constructed. Based on the logical ordering of the subtasks, a test was constructed to assess mastery at each level. A second test was constructed using a randomization of the same items. Both tests were administered to 111 elementary school children in grades 3 through 6. Analysis of transfer between adjacent items using the P statistic (proportion of positive transfer) validated both the hypothesized sequencing and the randomly ordered subordinate levels. Results indicate this procedure is not a sufficient criterion for ordering the subordinate levels of a learning hierarchy using test data.

Citation: Phillips, E. R., & Kane, R. B. (1974). On validating learning hierarchies. Florida Journal of Educational Research, 16(1), 39-43.

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