Accession Number:

ADA229519

Title:

Optimizing the Long-Term Retention of Skills: Structural and Analytic Approaches to Skill Maintenance

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept. Aug 1987-Aug 1988

Corporate Author:

COLORADO UNIV AT BOULDER

Report Date:

1990-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

152.0

Abstract:

This research program seeks to identify the characteristics of knowledge and skill most resistant to decay due to disuse. The program is divided into analytic and structural approaches. We performed two types of research to investigate skill retention and maintenance using the analytic approach. The first investigated different laboratory analogues of component military skills the second investigated parallel natural skills learned by the college population during their prior education. We have developed five laboratory methodologies and completed experimental studies using each of them. We have also identified four natural skills and gathered long-term retention data for each of these skills. For the structural approach, we designed an experimental paradigm that allows us to assess the detailed encoding of new knowledge at presentation and at delay using verbal report techniques and chronometric measurement of retrieval components. Keywords Skills, Memory structure, Training, Skill maintenance. JS

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE