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Expert-Performance Approach to the Study of the Development of Understanding during Complex Learning

Title: An Expert-Performance Approach to the Study of the Development of Understanding during Complex Learning: Capturing the Development of Understanding of the 8-Puzzle and Its Mechanism.
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Name(s): Yoon, Jong Sung, author
Ericsson, K. Anders (Karl Anders), professor directing dissertation
Gerard, Gregory James, university representative
Kelley, Colleen M., committee member
Boot, Walter Richard, committee member
Plant, Ashby, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (134 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The question of "what is better understanding during complex learning" has intrigued researchers in different fields of psychology and education for decades. However, it has been difficult to study and monitor the development of understanding during complex learning. The current study was designed to demonstrate how the expert-performance approach as a technique for studying superior performance can be applied to the study of the development of understanding during complex learning. Particularly, the current study attempted to study the development of understanding in the 8-puzzle by the design of representative 8-puzzle tasks in conjunction with the collection of various cognitive process including process-tracing data (i.e. think-aloud reports). The results supports that asking participants to generate best 5-move sequences for the representative 8-puzzle situations allowed us to capture changes in understanding of the 8-puzzle and whether it conforms to a particular type of method specifically instructed during learning. It also allowed us to trace and capture changes in mediating cognitive processes and to directly associate them with the essence of changes in understanding of the 8-puzzle. The current study successfully demonstrates the expert-performance approach can provide a useful framework for studying the development of understanding during complex learning, specially, regarding concern for the reactivity of methodology.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-9499 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2015.
Date of Defense: April 3, 2015.
Keywords: Complex learning, Expert-performance approach, Problem-solving, Understanding
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: K. Anders Ericsson, Professor Directing Dissertation; Gregory J. Gerard, University Representative; Colleen Kelley, Committee Member; Walter R. Boot, Committee Member; E. Ashby Plant, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
Cognitive psychology
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-9499
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Yoon, J. S. (2015). An Expert-Performance Approach to the Study of the Development of Understanding during Complex Learning: Capturing the Development of Understanding of the 8-Puzzle and Its Mechanism. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-9499