• Tereza Rauchová Czech University of Life Sciences Prague
  • Milan Houška Czech University of Life Sciences Prague




Knowledge unit, Standard text, Knowledge text, Statistical analysis, Graph theory


Texts are an important way to share and transfer knowledge. In this paper we analyse the impact of a specific form of texts, so called “knowledge texts”, on the efficiency of knowledge transfer. The objective is to verify or reject several hypotheses on the relationships among the style of educational texts (standard or knowledge styles), learning outcomes (performance of the students after learning) and subjective evaluation of conformity of working with individual styles of the texts. For this purpose, we carry out experiment with a homogeneous group of the students (n = 41) divided into an experimental group and a control group. We use statistical methods to process the results of the experiments; ability of the students to solve specific tasks and their opinions on readability and understandability of the texts subject to the time spent for learning. Even if we determine statistically significant relationships between the style of texts and accuracy of the problem solving in the experimental group only, the results allow us to improve the experiment and apply the methodology developed in a less structured branch than the Operational Research (Graph Theory) is. The methodology is another benefit of the paper, because it can be applied independently on a particular domain.


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Rauchová, T. and Houška, M. (2013) ’EFFICIENCY OF KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER THROUGH KNOWLEDGE TEXTS: STATISTICAL ANALYSIS’, Journal on Efficiency and Responsibility in Education and Science, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 46-60 https://doi.org/10.7160/eriesj.2013.060105.



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