TPL-KATS-card sort: A tool for assessing structural knowledge

  • Harper M
  • Jentsch F
  • Berry D
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The study of how individuals organize knowledge has been a popular endeavor for several decades. As a result, techniques have been developed to assess how individuals represent and organize knowledge internally. Although several conceptual knowledge elicitation methods have been developed and used to assess the organization of knowledge, their use is often labor intensive and time consuming. Presented here is a software tool that was developed to reduce the problems associated with manually administering the conceptual knowledge elicitation technique, or card sorting. The TPL-KATS-card sort software not only simplifies the administration of the task, but also adds features to the card-sorting task such as media insertion, time stamping, and instructorless administration. In the present article, an introduction to the card-sorting technique is provided, the new software tool is described, and the advantages of the software are detailed.

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  • Michelle E. Harper

  • Florian G. Jentsch

  • Devon Berry

  • H. Cathy Lau

  • Clint Bowers

  • Eduardo Salas

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