Knowledge Acquisition for Application: Cognitive Flexibility and Transfer of Training in III-Structured Domains
Final rept. Oct 1986-Sep 1990
ILLINOIS UNIV AT URBANA CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF READING
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This report presents research findings concerned-with advanced knowledge acquisition of difficult material in ill-structured domains. The program had three interdependent aspects 1 patterns of learning failure in advanced treatments of complex material and their causes and consequences, 2 new theory-based remedies for the observed patterns of learning failure, and 3 hypertext instructional approaches for forestalling learning failure and developing cognitive flexibility based on findings from the first two parts of the program. In the first part of the report, research is presented that reveals a substantial incidence of learning failure that is the result of oversimplification. We illustrate some of the characteristics of advanced learning of complex conceptual material and note how these characteristics Learning, Case-based learning, Cognitive flexibility, Ill-structured domains, Transfer, Analogy, Videodisc, Hypermed, Application of knowledge, Misconception, Hypertext, Development.