Cognitive Load

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Description

Educational researchers randomly assigned 28 ninth-year students in Australia to receive coordinate geometry training in one of two ways: a conventional way and a modified way. After the training, the students were asked to solve a coordinate geometry problem. The time to complete the problem was recorded, but five students in the “conventional” group did not complete the solution in the five minute alloted time.

Usage

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Format

A data frame with 28 observations on the following 3 variables.

Time

the time (in seconds) that the student worked on the problem

Treatmt

factor variable with two levels—"Modified" and "Conventional"

Censor

1 if the individual did not complete the problem in 5 minutes, 0 if they did

Source

Ramsey, F.L. and Schafer, D.W. (2002). The Statistical Sleuth: A Course in Methods of Data Analysis (2nd ed), Duxbury.

References

Sweller, J., Chandler, P., Tierney, P. and Cooper, M. (1990). Cognitive Load as a Factor in the Structuring of Technical Material, Journal of Experimental Psychology General 119(2): 176–192.

Examples

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str(case0402)
stem(subset(case0402, Treatmt=="Conventional", Time, drop=TRUE))
stem(subset(case0402, Treatmt=="Modified", Time, drop=TRUE))
wilcox.test(Time ~ Treatmt, case0402)

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