TY - JOUR

T1 - Effects of pairs of problems and examples on task performance and different types of cognitive load

AU - Leppink, Jimmie

AU - Paas, Fred

AU - van Gog, Tamara

AU - van der Vleuten, Cornelis

AU - van Merrienboer, Jeroen J. G.

PY - 2014/4

Y1 - 2014/4

N2 - In two studies, we investigated whether a recently developed psychometric instrument can differentiate intrinsic, extraneous, and germane cognitive load. Study I revealed a similar three-factor solution for language learning (n = 108) and a statistics lecture (n = 174), and statistics exam scores correlated negatively with the factors assumed to represent intrinsic and extraneous cognitive load during the lecture. In Study II, university freshmen who studied applications of Bayes' theorem in example example (n = 18) or example problem (n = 18) condition demonstrated better posttest performance than their peers who studied the applications in problem example (n = 18) or problem problem (n = 20) condition, and a slightly modified version of the aforementioned psychometric instrument could help researchers to differentiate intrinsic and extraneous cognitive load. The findings provide support for a recent reconceptualization of germane cognitive load as referring to the actual working memory resources devoted to dealing with intrinsic cognitive load.

AB - In two studies, we investigated whether a recently developed psychometric instrument can differentiate intrinsic, extraneous, and germane cognitive load. Study I revealed a similar three-factor solution for language learning (n = 108) and a statistics lecture (n = 174), and statistics exam scores correlated negatively with the factors assumed to represent intrinsic and extraneous cognitive load during the lecture. In Study II, university freshmen who studied applications of Bayes' theorem in example example (n = 18) or example problem (n = 18) condition demonstrated better posttest performance than their peers who studied the applications in problem example (n = 18) or problem problem (n = 20) condition, and a slightly modified version of the aforementioned psychometric instrument could help researchers to differentiate intrinsic and extraneous cognitive load. The findings provide support for a recent reconceptualization of germane cognitive load as referring to the actual working memory resources devoted to dealing with intrinsic cognitive load.

KW - Cognitive load

KW - Example-example pairs

KW - Example-problem pairs

KW - Problem-example pairs

KW - Problem-problem pairs

U2 - 10.1016/j.learninstruc.2013.12.001

DO - 10.1016/j.learninstruc.2013.12.001

M3 - Article

SN - 0959-4752

VL - 30

SP - 32

EP - 42

JO - Learning and Instruction

JF - Learning and Instruction

ER -