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Title: Expert and ‘novice’ problem solving strategies in chess – Sixty years of citing de groot (1946)
Authors: Bilalić, M
McLeod, P
Gobet, F
Keywords: Problem solving
Chess
Search
Scientific citation
Experts
novices
Expertise
Thinking
nursing expertise
Herbert Dreyfus
Patricia Benner
Vicente
Reconstructive remembering
Publication Date: 2008
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Citation: Thinking and Reasoning. (in press)
Abstract: In a famous study of expert problem solving, de Groot (1946/1978) examined how chess players found the best move. He reported that there was little difference in the way that the best players (Grand Masters) and very good players (Candidate Masters) searched the board. Although this result has been regularly cited in studies of expertise, it is frequently misquoted. It is often claimed that de Groot found no difference in the way that experts and novices investigate a problem. Comparison of expert and novice chess players on de Groot’s problem shows that there are clear differences in their search patterns. We discuss the troublesome theoretical and practical consequences of incorrectly reporting de Groot’s findings.
URI: http://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/2443
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