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What is Cognitive Style

Handbook of Research on Cloud-Based STEM Education for Improved Learning Outcomes
Or “thinking style,” this is a term found in cognitive psychology to describe how individuals think, perceive and remember information and differs from cognitive ability or level which involves measuring so called intelligence by aptitude tests and other similar tests. In this chapter, cognitive style refers to three types: the object, the verbal and the spatial.
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A Media Interpretation of the Negative Impact of Cloud Technologies
Michael S. Tang (University of Colorado – Denver, USA) and Arunprakash T. Karunanithi (University of Colorado Denver, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9924-3.ch024
This chapter presents a media studies interpretation of the impact of Cloud communication technologies on traditional academic achievement. According to social media critics following the “medium is the message” theory of Marshall McLuhan, the hidden “message” in the new Cloud communication education technologies conflicts with the old message of the printed textbook, the traditional medium of communication in education since the printing press in the 16th and 17th centuries. The chapter begins with a brief history of media technologies in education to gain understanding into the nature of this conflict and follows with a review of research and studies that document the conflict's cause and consequences with the conclusion that a major factor in the proliferation of any new media communication technology is its commercial value. Moreover, because new technologies in education are driven by commercial interests, its pedagogical value becomes secondary resulting in what social media and other critics view as the dumbing down of the American student. These social media critics contend that not only have American students been declining intellectually, computer technologies, including the Cloud Internet communication technologies are the direct cause of this decline, raising the question, “is education technology an oxymoron?” Given this analysis of media communication technologies' impact on education, the authors then offer a possible way out of the current situation by proposing a more human factors approach towards Cloud technologies based on constructivist educational and cognitive styles theory.
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Cognitive Diversity: Vital but Invisible
The unique way in which an individual acquires, accumulates, retrieves, processes and transforms the information.
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Learning Styles in Online Environments
Characteristics related to personality that present a consistent set of preferences for the manner in which information is organised and processed.
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Eye Tracking Applications for E-Learning Purposes: An Overview and Perspectives
The typical mode of an individual of thinking, perceiving, problem solving, and remembering information.
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Overview of the Significance of Different Learner Characteristics in Computer-Based Language Learning Environment
“Thinking Style” is a term used in cognitive psychology to describe the way individuals think, perceive and remember information. Cognitive style differs from cognitive ability (or level), the latter being measured by aptitude tests or so-called intelligence tests.
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Relating Cognitive Problem-Solving Style to User Resistance
An individual exhibits characteristic ways of processing information and, hence, solving problems, known as his or her “cognitive style.”
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Geographic Information Systems as Decision Tools
refers to enduring patterns of an individual’s cognitive functioning that remain stable across varied situations.
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Gender and Computer Anxiety
Information processing habits that represent an individual’s typical modes of perceiving, thinking, remembering, and problem solving. Various cognitive styles have been identified, measured, and shown to affect the manner in which individuals perceive their environments. As just one example, two such styles are field-independence and field-dependence. Field-independent individuals perceive objects as separate from the field, impose personal structures on the environment, set self-defined goals, work alone, choose to deal with abstract subject matter, are socially detached and rely on their own values, and are self-reinforcing. In contrast, field-dependent individuals tend to rely on the environment for clues about an object, prefer a structure provided by the environment, experience the environment more globally, are interested in people, use externally defined goals, receive reinforcement from others, focus on socially oriented subject matter, and prefer to work with others ( Riding & Rayner, 1998 ; Witkin, Moore, Goodenough & Cox, 1977 ).
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Cyber Behaviors in Seeking Information
A construct that describes how people think, process and remember information.
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A Cognitive Style-Inclusive Approach as a Means of Learner-Centered EFL Teaching Mode Implementation
A characteristic of an individual’s mental behavior that manifests in the way they perceive and process information.
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