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Impact of guided exploration and enactive exploration on self-regulatory mechanisms and information acquisition through electronic search

Debowski, S., Wood, R.E. and Bandura, A. (2001) Impact of guided exploration and enactive exploration on self-regulatory mechanisms and information acquisition through electronic search. Journal of Applied Psychology, 86 (6). pp. 1129-1141.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0021-9010.86.6.1129
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Abstract

Following instruction in basic skills for electronic search, participants who practiced in a guided exploration mode developed stronger self-efficacy and greater satisfaction than those who practiced in a self-guided exploratory mode. Intrinsic motivation was not affected by exploration mode. On 2 post-training tasks, guided exploration participants produced more effective search strategies. expended less effort, made fewer errors, rejected fewer lines of search, and achieved higher performance. Relative lack of support for self-regulatory factors as mediators of exploration mode impacts was attributed to the uninformative feedback from electronic search, which causes most people to remain at a novice level and to require external guidance for development of self-efficacy and skills. Self-guided learning will be more effective on structured tasks with more informative feedback and for individuals with greater expertise on dynamic tasks

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Commerce
Publisher: American Psychological Association Inc.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/34888
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