Development of an instrument for measuring the complexity of learning tasks

Rob Nadolski*, Paul A. Kirschner, Jeroen Van Merriënboer, Jürgen Wöretshofer

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    Abstract

    An instrument for measuring the complexity of learning tasks in the field of Law was developed and tested in three experiments. In Experiments 1 and 2, teachers used the card-sort method to rate the complexity of learning tasks. Based on the outcomes, a benchmark scale with four criterion tasks was used in Experiment 3. The results showed the benchmark instrument to be valid and easy to use, allowing instructional designers to design competency-based learning environments that better take task complexity into account. The Instructional Design model, in which teachers determine task complexity, is briefly described.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-27
    Number of pages27
    JournalEducational Research and Evaluation
    Volume11
    Issue number1
    Early online date23 Sep 2003
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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