Title: An EPSS for lifelong learning in relation to psychological research methods

Authors: Philip Barker, Paul Van Schaik, Robert Pearson

Addresses: Interactive Systems Research Group, School of Computing and Mathematics, University of Teesside, Borough Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 3BA, UK. ' Interactive Systems Research Group, School of Computing and Mathematics, University of Teesside, Borough Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 3BA, UK. ' Interactive Systems Research Group, School of Computing and Mathematics, University of Teesside, Borough Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 3BA, UK

Abstract: An electronic performance support system (EPSS) is a computer-based environment that can be used to augment and enhance an individual|s performance in a particular skill domain. In addition, an EPSS can facilitate skill and knowledge acquisition. Our ongoing research programme in this area has been investigating the potential utility of EPSS methods within a range of different domains. This current paper describes an application of the technique within the domain of quantitative research methods as taught within a psychology degree course. It outlines and discusses the results of an evaluative study of a prototype EPSS tool that has been created to facilitate the learning of psychological research methods.

Keywords: electronic performance support; EPSS; computer-based learning; human-computer interaction; HCI; statistics; statistical methods; quantitative research methods; web-based delivery; system evaluation; lifelong learning; psychological research methods; skills acquisition; knowledge acquisition.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2005.006790

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2005 Vol.15 No.1/2, pp.19 - 29

Published online: 15 Apr 2005 *

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