Cognitive Functionality of Multimedia in Problem Solving

Cognitive Functionality of Multimedia in Problem Solving

Robert Zheng (University of Utah, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-953-3.ch085
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Teaching problem solving can be a challenge to teachers. However, the challenge is oftentimes not due to a lack of skills on the part of learners but due to an inappropriate design of media through which the problem is presented. The findings of this study demonstrate that appropriately designed multimedia can improve learners’ problem solving skills because of the cognitive functions such media have in facilitating mental representation and information retrieval and maintenance, as well as reducing cognitive load during the problem solving process. Suggestions were made on how to apply interactive multimedia to teaching and learning.

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