Developing cognitive task analysis and the importance of sociocognitive competence/insight for professional practice

Julie Gore, Adrian Banks, Almuth McDowall

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Accelerating the cognitive expertise of professionals is a critical challenge for many organizations. This paper reports a collaborative, longitudinal, academic practitioner project which aimed to elicit, document, and accelerate the cognitive
expertise of engineering professionals working with the manufacture and management of petroleum additives. Twenty-five engineering experts were trained by three academic psychologists to use applied cognitive task analysis (ACTA) interview techniques to document the cognition of their expert peers. Results had high face validity for practitioners who elicited hot/
sensory-based cognition, a number of perceptual skills and mental models, highlighting undocumented context specific expertise. We conclude from a peer review of findings, combined with experienced CTA analysts that ACTA techniques can be advanced in context by the explicit recognition and development of socio-cognitive competence/insight.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)555-563
Number of pages9
JournalCognition Technology and Work
Issue number4
Early online date4 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2018



  • Cognitive task analysis
  • Socio-cognitive insight
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Science Applications

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