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The Efficacy Of Knowledge Map In Object-Oriented Software Training: Ado.Net Components


  • Charlie C. CHEN

    () (Department of Computer Information Systems, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina 28608, United States of America)

  • Ruey-Shiang SHAW

    () (Department of Information Management, Tamkang University, No. 151, Yingzhuan Rd., Danshui Town, Taipei County 25137, Taiwan)

  • Michael B. KNIGHT

    () (University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, United States of America)


An experimental study examined effects of knowledge map-based learning, a form of computer assisted instruction (CAI), on assisting novice users in acquiring software knowledge and skills. Fifty five subjects participated in this experimental study. Two classes of students in a webpage development course were randomly chosen to receive different treatments. Twenty four students received the knowledge map-based training, while thirty one students received the traditional face-to-face training. Target software acquired by students in this study is ASP.NET. This study focuses on the data-access component ADO.NET (ActiveX Data Objects) of this target software. ADO.NET is a database access component and allows users to interact with database systems from browsers. A pre-test and post-test was administered to assess the effect of knowledge map-based learning on learning outcomes, with the traditional F2F training group as a controllable group. Results showed that students who receive the knowledge map-based training slightly outperformed those students who receive the traditional face-to-face training. Statistical evidences show that both training approaches are effective to help students acquire object-oriented software, such as ADO.NET, based on the mean scores of pre- and post-tests. Recommendations were made to instructor and practitioners to improve the efficacy of knowledge map-based training.

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  • Charlie C. CHEN & Ruey-Shiang SHAW & Michael B. KNIGHT, 2010. "The Efficacy Of Knowledge Map In Object-Oriented Software Training: Ado.Net Components," Management Research and Practice, Research Centre in Public Administration and Public Services, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 2(2), pages 132-153, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:rom:mrpase:v:2:y:2010:i:2:p:132-153

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    Knowledge Map; Knowledge Objects; Learning; Computer Asssited Learning; Information Retrieval.;

    JEL classification:

    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness


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