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Title: The differential impact of observational learning and practice-based learning on the development of oral presentation skills in higher education
Authors: De Grez, Luc ×
Valcke, Martin #
Roozen, Irene #
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
Series Title: Higher Education Research & Development vol:33 issue:2 pages:256-271
Abstract: The present study focuses on the design and evaluation of an innovative instructional approach to developing oral presentation skills. The intervention builds on the observational learning theoretical perspective. This perspective is contrasted with the traditional training and practice approach. Two sequencing approaches – learners starting with observational learning versus learners starting with practice opportunities only – were compared. It was hypothesised that learners starting with observational learning would outperform learners in the
practice only condition. The results suggest a significant differential impact on development of oral presentation skills. This impact of the observational learning
training approach is only found in a limited number of evaluation criteria.
Results additionally suggest that students are highly motivated to learn this type of skill. Interaction effects between student characteristics and instructional interventions were not significant.
ISSN: 0729-4360
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Centre for Educational Research & Development, Campus Brussels (-)
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous
Research Centre for Work and Organisation Studies (WOS Bxl), Campus Brussels
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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