A Comparison of Approaches to Learning Task Selection in the Training of Complex Cognitive Skills

Ron J.C.M. Salden*, Fred Paas, J.J.G. van Merrienboer

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    Abstract

    This paper presents a comparison of learning task selection approaches that have been used throughout the last three decades in the training of complex cognitive skills. In general, a development from static part-task selection to dynamic whole-task selection can be noticed. The four approaches of static part-task approaches, static whole-task approaches, dynamic part-task approaches, and dynamic whole-task approaches are identified and compared in terms of their flexibility and adaptability to the needs of the individual trainee during training. The comparison shows that dynamic whole-task approaches are the most flexible and adaptive. For each approach it is discussed to what complex cognitive skills they might be useful training methods.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)321-333
    Number of pages13
    JournalComputers in Human Behavior
    Volume22
    Issue number3
    Early online date31 Jul 2004
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2006

    Keywords

    • learning task selection
    • complex cognitive skills
    • cognitive load

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