Cognitive processing capacity and learning ability: An integration of two areas

Halford G.S. (1989) Cognitive processing capacity and learning ability: An integration of two areas. Learning and Individual Differences, 1 1: 125-153. doi:10.1016/1041-6080(89)90012-5

Author Halford G.S.
Title Cognitive processing capacity and learning ability: An integration of two areas
Journal name Learning and Individual Differences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1041-6080
Publication date 1989-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/1041-6080(89)90012-5
Open Access Status
Volume 1
Issue 1
Start page 125
End page 153
Total pages 29
Subject 3207 Social Psychology
3304 Education
Abstract This article addresses the question of whether information processing capacity is a factor in individual and developmental differences in readiness for learning. Other factors responsible for success in children's learning, such as strategies, encoding, and domain knowledge are examined. It is argued that although these factors are important, there is evidence of a role for capacity as well. Both comparative and developmental studies of learning are considered, and it is suggested that interproblem learning, or learning set acquisition, is a technique that may be useful in exploring age differences in ability to learn. Next the basis of capacity theory is discussed, and it is suggested that the easy-to-hard paradigm probably provides the most technically adequate technique for exploring capacity limitations at present. Some representative studies showing that children's learning is a function of an information processing parameter are reviewed. Then the procedure for setting up an experiment, based on the easy-to-hard paradigm, to explore capacity limitations in learning is outlined. Finally, it is pointed out that the concept of capacity limitations does not entail pessimistic implications for children's learning, but that training can be made more precise and efficient if based on more adequate assessments of processing capacities and loads.
Q-Index Code C1
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