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The Effect of Single Versus Repeated Previous Strategy Use on Individuals' Subsequent Strategy Choice

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Viki Schillemans ,

Centre for Instructional Psychology and Technology, KU Leuven, BE
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Koen Luwel,

Centre for Educational Research and Development, Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel and Centre for Instructional Psychology and Technology, KU Leuven, BE
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Eva Ceulemans,

Centre for Methodology of Educational Research, KU Leuven, BE
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Patrick Onghena,

Centre for Methodology of Educational Research, KU Leuven, BE
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Lieven Verschaffel

Centre for Instructional Psychology and Technology, KU Leuven, BE
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Abstract

Previous research has shown that participants' strategy choices can be influenced by the previously-used strategy. Thisperseveration effect has been demonstrated both after a repeated use of the previous strategy (e.g., Schillemans, Luwel, Bulté, Onghena, & Verschaffel, 2009), but also after a single use of the previous strategy (Lemaire & Lecacheur, 2010). In the present study, we tested whether this perseveration effect would be stronger after a repeated than after a single previous strategy application. We were able to replicate the perseveration effect but we did not find evidence for an influence of the number of previous strategy applications on the strength of this effect. An additional cluster analysis revealed that only about one third of the participants was susceptible for the perseveration effect. The theoretical, methodological, and educational implications of these results are discussed.
How to Cite: Schillemans, V. et al., (2012). The Effect of Single Versus Repeated Previous Strategy Use on Individuals' Subsequent Strategy Choice. Psychologica Belgica. 52(4), pp.307–326. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/pb-52-4-307
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Published on 01 Dec 2012.
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