The equivalence of positive and negative methods of validating a learning hierarchy

Kevin N. Kee, Richard T. White

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The compound nature of Gagné's original definition of learning hierarchies is shown to lead to two distinct methods of validation, known as the positive and negative methods. Sections of a hierarchy that had been validated by the negative method were subjected to test by the more cumbersome positive method, and again were found to be valid. The results support the notion that the two methods yield identical hierarchies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-259
Number of pages7
JournalContemporary Educational Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1979

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