Forming testing as a method of structuring and systematization of knowledge

Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates


2015, Vol. 1. №3(3)

Forming testing as a method of structuring and systematization of knowledge

About the author:

Sergey N. Degtyarev,
Cand. Pedag. Sci., Associate Professor, Tyumen State University


The article deals with the practice of updating didactic means in the system of school education, contributing to the solution of psychological-pedagogic problem of the increase of pupils' creative potential within solving the tasks of developing teaching. The aim of this research is the study of possibilities of logical-graphical means of testing in the structuring of pupils' knowledge, in the assessment of the degree of a concept structures formation, influencing the index of notion thinking development and creativity. It is supposed that tests, made in logical-graphical format, i. e. test-maps, contribute to the structuring and systematizing of pupils' knowledge, form concept structures, and reflect the contents of the studied school material. The peculiarities of structuring school information in pupils' minds were studied with the help of the method of semantic differential and map-representations. The participants were pupils of the 11 grade (101 people with 45 boys among them at the age of 16-17). The author of the article revealed accurate effect of influence of pupils' work with test-maps on the structural organization of their knowledge. In the experimental group statistically reliable differences were received (the level of importance is 0.001) according to the amount of material reflected in map-representations and in cluster diagrams of structured elements. A positive correlation between the results received with the help of maps and cluster diagrams was discovered. On the basis of this we can draw a conclusion that the structure of a map-representation, filled in by a pupil, reflects the structure of semantic spaces of key notions of the studied school material. Therefore, the information on formation of concept structures can be received with the help of logical-graphical representation. The use of tests, fulfilled in logical-graphical format, positively influences the formation of concept structures through the mechanisms of recognized and non-recognized perception of information that gives the right to refer them to the means of forming testing.


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