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The Road to Transfer: Concept and Context Approaches to the Subject of Economics in Secondary School

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  • Lenie Kneppers

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  • Carla Van Boxtel
  • Bernadette Van Hout-Wolters

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In this study we investigated the effects of two forms of instruction: strengthening concepts and strengthening the ability to connect context with concepts. The aim of this study was to find out what contributes most to the ability to transfer: strengthening conceptual knowledge or strengthening the making of connections. Some 139 students of the pre-final year of pre-university education participated in an experiment with two conditions and with a pre-test and a post-test. All students performed significantly better on the post-test in which conceptual knowledge was measured compared to the pre-test. No significant differences were measured between the two instructions on the post-test on transfer.

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  • Lenie Kneppers & Carla Van Boxtel & Bernadette Van Hout-Wolters, 2012. "The Road to Transfer: Concept and Context Approaches to the Subject of Economics in Secondary School," International Review of Economic Education, Economics Network, University of Bristol, vol. 11(1), pages 36-56.
  • Handle: RePEc:che:ireepp:v:11:y:2012:i:1:p:36-56
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    1. W. Lee Hansen & Michael K. Salemi & John J. Siegfried, 2002. "Use It or Lose It: Teaching Literacy in the Economics Principles Course," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 92(2), pages 463-472, May.
    2. Becker, William E., 2004. "Good-byE old, hello new in teaching economics," Australasian Journal of Economics Education (AJEE), University of Queensland, School of Economics, vol. 1(1), pages 5-17, March.
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