“Think Aloud” – Examining the suitability of traditional and task specific training for Think Aloud protocol

Birch, Phil D. J., Whitehead, Amy and Dowrick, Chris (2016) “Think Aloud” – Examining the suitability of traditional and task specific training for Think Aloud protocol. In: British Psychological Society, The Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Conference, December 12-13, 2016, Cardiff.

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Abstract

Objectives: The study aimed to examine the utility of a traditional think aloud (TA) training package versus a golf specific TA training package.

Design: Social validation was used to assess participant’s perceptions and satisfaction of traditional TA training methods and task specific TA training methods.

Methods: Skilled (n = 10; handicap ≤ 5) competitive gofers were trained to use TA and then required to TA whilst completing a short game challenge on a golf practice green. Prior to performing, participants were allocated to their TA training treatment; traditional TA training or golf specific TA training. Specifically, the traditional training video incorporated alphabetical problems solving, mental arithmetic and general problem solving tasks and required participants to TA during these tasks. The golf specific training video incorporated three golf scenarios which required participants to verbalise their thoughts again whilst engaging in these tasks. Social validation interviews were conducted immediately following the short game challenge to explore each participant’s perceptions regarding the adequacy of the training they received. A deductive thematic analysis to identify satisfaction and evaluations of the training provided was conducted.

Results: Although both groups reported positive responses from the TA training they had received, the golf specific TA training group did provide more positive responses towards this type of training.

Conclusions: This study provides evidence that task specific training may be more appropriate for studies that employ the TA methodology and that researchers should consider this for future research within this area.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
Divisions: Departments > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Event Title: British Psychological Society, The Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Conference
Event Location: Cardiff
Event Dates: December 12-13, 2016
Depositing User: Phil Birch
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2017 14:03
Last Modified: 08 May 2018 10:40
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/2499

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