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The Forward Effects of Testing Transfer to Different Domains of Learning

Yang, C; Chew, SJ; Sun, B; Shanks, DR; (2019) The Forward Effects of Testing Transfer to Different Domains of Learning. Journal of Educational Psychology 10.1037/edu0000320. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Interim testing of studied information, compared with restudying or no treatment, facilitates subsequent learning and retention of new information-the forward testing effect. Previous research exploring this effect has shown that interim testing of studied information from a given domain enhances subsequent learning and retention of new information within the same domain. In the current research, we ask whether interim testing can enhance subsequent encoding and retention of new information from a different domain. Experiment 1 showed that the forward testing effect is transferable; Experiment 2 further demonstrated this transferability even when material types and test formats are frequently switched; Experiment 3 documented transferability from low- to high-level learning. The results support a combined test-expectancy and retrieval-effort theory to account for the transfer of the forward testing effect.

Type: Article
Title: The Forward Effects of Testing Transfer to Different Domains of Learning
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1037/edu0000320
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/edu0000320
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: transferability; forward testing effect; interim testing; encoding
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Experimental Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10065488
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