ERIC Number: EJ927824
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
How Helpful Are Error Management and Counterfactual Thinking Instructions to Inexperienced Spreadsheet Users' Training Task Performance?
Caputi, Peter; Chan, Amy; Jayasuriya, Rohan
British Journal of Educational Technology, v42 n4 p592-597 Jul 2011
This paper examined the impact of training strategies on the types of errors that novice users make when learning a commonly used spreadsheet application. Fifty participants were assigned to a counterfactual thinking training (CFT) strategy, an error management training strategy, or a combination of both strategies, and completed an easy task (assessing direct application of the skills learned) followed by a hard task (assessing adaptive transfer). Even though there were no objective differences in performance across conditions, a positive relationship was found between errors and task performance for the CFT and combined conditions in the hard task. These preliminary findings indicate the usefulness of examining not only task performance but also types of errors when assessing the effectiveness of software training strategies.
Descriptors: Spreadsheets, Training Methods, Transfer of Training, Student Evaluation, Computer Software, Instructional Effectiveness, Error Correction, Error Patterns
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