A powerful way to boost long-term learning is by retrieving information from memory after an initial study phase; a phenomenon called the retrieval practice effect. This thesis focuses on the retrieval practice effect with expository text on retention and on transfer. The additional benefit of providing feedback after retrieval practice is also investigated. In sum, three out of the six experiments with expository text show a retrieval practice effect. Furthermore, in only one of the three studies with a final transfer test, a retrieval practice effect is found. This suggests that the retrieval practice effect does not simply generalize to transfer measures. However, providing feedback increases the effectiveness of retrieval practice for the transfer of knowledge.

Learning Memory Transfer Text “Retrieval practice” “Testing effect”
R.M.J.P. Rikers (Remy) , P.P.J.L. Verkoeijen (Peter)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
The research presented in this dissertation was funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO project number: 411-10-912)
Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

van Eersel, G.G. (2018, March 29). Limited effectiveness of retrieval practice for the transfer of knowledge. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/105295