Date of Award

Summer 2005

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication

First Advisor

Griffin, Robert

Second Advisor

Havice, Michael

Third Advisor

Ksobiech, Kenneth

Abstract

Given the increased volume and ease of access to information, this study seeks to understand the impact of hypermedia, as an information management tool, and metacognitive strategies, as a method of process-oriented instruction on, the type and amount of cognitive work in which subjects will engage. The study found that, consistent with the Heuristic Systematic Processing Model, students with larger information sufficiency gaps will engage in more analytical systematic processing and students with smaller information sufficiency gaps will engage in more shallow heuristic processing. The study also found that the introduction of metacognitive strategies had some positive effects on learning and knowledge transfer. Most notable, perhaps, is the finding that hypermedia enhances the critical thought of subjects predisposed to shallow thought and reduces the critical thought of subjects already predisposed to be critical thinkers.

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