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ERIC Number: EJ1007853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1315
Transfer of Expertise: An Eye Tracking and Think Aloud Study Using Dynamic Medical Visualizations
Gegenfurtner, Andreas; Seppanen, Marko
Computers & Education, v63 p393-403 Apr 2013
Expertise research has produced mixed results regarding the problem of transfer of expertise. Is expert performance context-bound or can the underlying processes be applied to more general situations? The present study tests whether expert performance and its underlying processes transfer to novel tasks within a domain. A mixed method study using eye-tracking and quantitative and qualitative analyses of think aloud protocols was conducted with medical professionals in radiology and nuclear medicine who diagnosed identical patient cases displayed with three different computer-based imaging technologies: a familiar, a semi-familiar, and an unfamiliar imaging technology. Results indicate that expert performance, as well as its underlying processes, transferred from the familiar to the semi-familiar, but not to the unfamiliar imaging technology. Educational implications of these findings are discussed in terms of their significance for designing technology-enhanced learning environments to promote the transfer of expertise. (Contains 2 figures and 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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