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Contextual Interference: The Role of Practice in Learning from a Video

Sares, S.M. (2019) Contextual Interference: The Role of Practice in Learning from a Video.

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Abstract:The contextual interference effect has been largely studied in the area of motor skill learning, however, little to no research has investigated the effect in software training where the focus lies on problem solving and conceptual knowledge development. Therefore, the current study investigates the effect of practice schedules in learning from short instructional videos about software training. Additionally, it is investigated whether self- efficacy, and self-regulation mediate this relationship. Forty students, randomly selected into two conditions, took part in the study. The results indicated that contrary to initial expectations, the blocked practice condition did significantly better in both practice and retention than the mixed practice condition. Furthermore, self-efficacy together with practice showed to significantly predict the learning outcomes in both conditions. Self- regulation had no influence on the relationship. The discussion addresses the effect of the complexity and nature of the software training tasks, and gives practical implications and suggestions for future research.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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