Adoption of efficient strategies and tactics in performing tasks can have a profound impact on performance. The present research aimed to incorporate strategies and tactics into traditional models of skill acquisition, focusing on ability-performance relationships and the learning curve. The study involved 116 participants completing a series of ability tests (general, perceptual speed and psychomotor) and performing 54 trials on a text editing task. For each trial, speed, accuracy and strategy use were logged. Results showed that both abilities and adoption of superior strategies made unique contributions to predicting performance. Practical implications of the role of strategies in skill acquisition are discussed with an emphasis on the importance of an orientation of ongoing learning and reflexivity in the strategy adoption process.
Ergonomics for a BIZ-e-World : Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia and the 7th Annual Conference of Pan Pacific Council on Occupational Ergonomics, Cairns, Queensland, Australia, 22-25 August 2004,