What Variables Predict Quality of Text Notes and are Text Notes Related to Performance on Different Types of Tests?
Article first published online: 24 MAY 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Volume 26, Issue 1, pages 104–117, January/February 2012
How to Cite
Peverly, S. T. and Sumowski, J. F. (2012), What Variables Predict Quality of Text Notes and are Text Notes Related to Performance on Different Types of Tests?. Appl. Cognit. Psychol., 26: 104–117. doi: 10.1002/acp.1802
- Issue published online: 18 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 24 MAY 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 MAR 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 2 FEB 2011
- Manuscript Received: 20 SEP 2010
Despite the importance of notes to test performance, very little is known about the cognitive variables related to notetaking, especially text notes. The primary purpose of this study was to evaluate the contributions of transcription fluency, reading comprehension, verbal working memory, executive attention, and background knowledge to the quality of text notes. A secondary purpose was to evaluate the relationship of all of the other aforementioned variables to three test types to determine if notes are more important to some test types than others: a free recall essay and two types of multiple choice items: memory items and inference items. Results indicated that transcription fluency was the best predictor of notes (reading comprehension was also significant predictor), which extends previous findings on the importance of transcription fluency to lecture notes. Notes' were the best predictor of the essay and the memory multiple choice items but not the inference items. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.