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Title: Learner-controlled selection of tasks with different surface and structural features: effects on transfer and efficiency
Authors: Corbalan, Gemma
Kester, Liesbeth
Van Merriënboer, Jeroen
Keywords: PhD project GCO
Task selection
Learner control
Cognitive load
Issue Date: 28-Oct-2010
Abstract: Surface task features are more salient than structural task features and thus easier to recognize for novices. It is predicted that the more salient the task features the better learners can choose personally relevant and varied tasks, which enhances learning transfer. To investigate this prediction, a 2 x 2 factorial experiment with 72 participants studied the effects of control over tasks that differ in their surface features (learner, program) and in their structural features (learner, program). Learner control over the selection of tasks with salient surface features enables learners to select personally relevant and varied tasks. This is believed to yield higher effectiveness (i.e., higher near and far transfer test performance) as well as higher efficiency (i.e., higher transfer test performance combined with lower associated mental effort). Learner control over the selection of tasks with non-salient structural features does not enable learners to select personally relevant and varied tasks and is therefore not expected to yield beneficial effects on learning. The results show positive effects of learner control over the selection of tasks with salient surface features for efficiency on the far transfer test but not for effectiveness. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.
Description: Corbalan, G., Kester, L., & Van Merriënboer, J. J. G. (2011). Learner-controlled selection of tasks with different surface and structural features: Effects on transfer and efficiency. Computers in Human Behavior, 27(1), 76-81. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2010.05.026
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1820/2838
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