An experimental research study on the effect of pictorial icons on a user-learner's performance
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Comput. Hum. Behav.
pictorials; pictorial icons; interface design; learning style; user; performance; instructional module; HUMAN-COMPUTER PERFORMANCE; DESIGN; INSTRUCTION; PROGRAM; CONTEXT; Psychology, Multidisciplinary; Psychology, Experimental
This experimental counterbalanced repeated measures study on the effect of three types of icons (abstract, pictorial and drawing) on the learning and performance of two types of learners (abstract and concrete) was conducted during the Spring 2000-Spring 2001 semesters at the University of Central Florida. The counterbalanced lesson followed by a counterbalanced and completely randomized quiz on three levels was field tested in the Spring-Summer 2000 on 37 UCF graduate students and final tested in the Fall 2000-Spring 2001 on 53 UCF graduate student subjects. A general linear model repeated measures ANOVA revealed that icon type had a significant effect on the learning and performance of both types of learners. Pictorial icons resulted in best scores. No significant interaction was found between icon type and learner type even though on a matched condition, abstract learners with abstract icon resulted in better scores than when concrete learners were matched with concrete (pictorial and drawing) icons. Implications for future research are drawn as well as practical applications identified in the field of teaching, learning, training and performance. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Computers in Human Behavior
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