Feedback and Transfer in the Acquisition of Cognitive Skills
Final technical rept. Jul 1999-Dec 2001
ILLINOIS UNIV AT URBANA DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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The acquisition of cognitive skills requires feedback and support for transfer of training. It was found that negative feedback is optimal when delivered with narrow scope while positive feedback is optimal when delivered with wide scope. It was also found that conceptual instruction did not support transfer of training more than practice when transfer was measured as accuracy. However, the underlying transfer process was nevertheless different as revealed by a componential analysis of the solution times. The second finding deserved further study.