The measurement of complex knowledge development
Neville, Kelly Jeanette
Master of Arts
The current research was designed to study knowledge development while minimizing methodological problems common to research in that area. First, a procedural network methodology compatible with one commonly used to study declarative knowledge was developed in Experiment 1. In Experiment 2, multiple longitudinal knowledge measures revealed dissociations among the developmental courses of different forms of knowledge. The findings contribute to a growing pool of evidence of the dissociation of declarative and procedural knowledge development. Further, they contradict the majority of knowledge development theories which hypothesize that procedural knowledge development is dependent on the development of declarative knowledge. These findings also indicate that much work needs to be done to determine the relationships among multiple forms of knowledge and to determine how they could be optimally trained. In order for research in these areas to progress, efforts to minimize methodological confounding problems must continue.