Cognitive load and the acquisition of a problem solving skill

R.R.G. Hoe, van

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Abstract

Current theories of leaming consider the restructuring of the components of a weak problem solving sequence into a domain-specific procedure to be the fundamental leaming mechanism in complex knowledge domains. Within the context of cognitive load theory, there is growing evidence that applying weak methods such as means-ends analysis, do not necessarily result in learning, but can in fact induce a high mental load which prevents the problem solver inducing domain-specific mies. The major goal of this article is to provide a direct test of the cognitive load theory. Experimental evidence was found that the cognitive load imposed by a weak problem solving activity can retard the acquisition of a problem-solving skii!.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-machine communication for educational systems design
EditorsM.D. Brouwer-Janse, T.L. Harrington
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherSpringer
Pages61-69
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)0-387-57748-3
Publication statusPublished - 1994
Event1993 NATO Advanced Study Institute on Basics of Man and Machine Communication for the Design of Educational Systems - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 16 Aug 199326 Aug 1993

Publication series

NameNATO ASI Series F: Computer and systems sciences
Volume129
ISSN (Print)1387-6694

Conference

Conference1993 NATO Advanced Study Institute on Basics of Man and Machine Communication for the Design of Educational Systems
CountryNetherlands
CityEindhoven
Period16/08/9326/08/93

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    Hoe, van, R. R. G. (1994). Cognitive load and the acquisition of a problem solving skill. In M. D. Brouwer-Janse, & T. L. Harrington (Eds.), Human-machine communication for educational systems design (pp. 61-69). (NATO ASI Series F: Computer and systems sciences; Vol. 129). Springer.