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Cognitive Task Analysis to Improve Student Competencies: a Pilot Study based on the Use of the Square of PErceived ACtion Model

Philippe Fauquet-Alekhine, Patrick Martinez

Abstract: The aim of this pilot study was to test a method developed in the Cognitive Task Analysis paradigm for adult occupational training in the field of education. The method used was based on the Square of Percieved ACtion (SPEAC) protocol using the SPEAC model (explaining how to successfully put competencies in action). The study was conducted in two secondary education classes, with a sample of 36 students (control group and test group) for an activity in Economics & Social science. The application of this innovative SPEAC-based method resulted in a significant and homogeneous increase in student performance. Beyond showing that the protocol can be applied both for adults and the young and in both occupational and academic contexts, the study demonstrates the benefits in learning and training with this method. Cognitive processes underpinning the improvement in teaching and limitations of the method are discussed.
Keywords: adults / Model / student / Pilot / Cognitive / SPEAC / Competencies / occupational / training / Task Analysis

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