Decision Training

Monday, March 26th, 2012

If you want to teach a skill quickly and effectively, you likely rely on the tried and true methods of behavioral training:

  • blocked practice where the same skills are practised over and over in order to create automaticity
  • high levels of direct feedback
  • instruction delivered and drilled through the use of simple to complex progressions

Such behavioral training yields results — in the short term. In the longer term decision training yields better results:

  • variable and random practice
  • delayed and reduced feedback
  • top-down, tactically oriented instruction


  1. Alrenous says:

    As a bonus, behavioral training sucks and decision training is fun.

    With the exception of direct feedback, which is more fun, although in most areas of interest it is all but impossible. For example, if you were meta-training, learning about training. You can’t get instant feedback on B-type vs. D-type, or rather like any complex system, you can’t safely conclude that the immediate result can be linearly extrapolated.

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