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ERIC Number: EJ792568
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6080
Working Memory Capacity and Reading Skill Moderate the Effectiveness of Strategy Training in Learning from Hypertext
Naumann, Johannes; Richter, Tobias; Christmann, Ursula; Groeben, Norbert
Learning and Individual Differences, v18 n2 p197-213 2008
Cognitive and metacognitive strategies are particularly important for learning with hypertext. The effectiveness of strategy training, however, depends on available working memory resources. Thus, especially learners high on working memory capacity can profit from strategy training, while learners low on working memory capacity might easily be overtaxed. In addition, efficient basic reading comprehension processes are important for strategy training to be successful: When both the newly acquired strategies and poorly routinized basic reading comprehension processes compete for working memory resources, navigation within the hypertext and learning might deteriorate rather than improve. In an experiment, 64 undergraduates learned with a comprehensive expository hypertext after receiving either a cognitive or a metacognitive or no strategy training. In line with the predictions, learners high on working memory capacity or reading skill could profit from learning strategy training in terms of learning outcomes and the quality of their navigational behavior. Learners low on working memory capacity or reading skill, in contrast, performed worse in both training conditions compared to the control condition. The improvement in learning outcomes for skilled learners as well as the impairment in learning outcomes for unskilled learners could be shown to be indirect effects mediated by the quality of navigational behavior.
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Language: English
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