From Example Study to Problem Solving: Smooth Transitions Help Learning

  title={From Example Study to Problem Solving: Smooth Transitions Help Learning},
  author={Alexander Renkl and Robert K. Atkinson and Uwe Maier and Richard K. Staley},
  journal={The Journal of Experimental Education},
  pages={293 - 315}
Abstract Research has shown that it is effective to combine example study and problem solving in the initial acquisition of cognitive skills. Present methods for combining these learning modes are static, however, and do not support a transition from example study in early stages of skill acquisition to later problem solving. Against this background, the authors proposed a successive integration of problem-solving elements into example study until the learners solved problems on their own (i.e… 
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