Perspectives on Cognitive Task Analysis: Historical Origins and Modern Communities of Practice - Expertise: Research and Applications Series by Robert R. Hoffman
This volume is the first comprehensive history of task analysis, charting its origins from the earliest applied psychology to modern forms of task analysis that focus on the study of…
Perspectives on Cognitive Task Analysis synopsis
This volume is the first comprehensive history of task analysis, charting its origins from the earliest applied psychology to modern forms of task analysis that focus on the study of cognitive action. Through this detailed historicalanalysis it is evident how task analysis has always been epistemological.
The chapters cover histories, key ideas and contributions to the methodology of a number of communities of practice, including: sociology, analysis of European work, natural decision-making, cognitive systems engineering, ethnography, human factors. Moreover, integrative classes focus on the purposes of analyzing cognitive task.
It is apparent how different societies of practice all live in the same scientific universe, although they are distinct in many ways in terms of their main interests and major theories. It is a history of task analysis and the people who invented task analysis. It's also an explanatory primer on what cognitive task analysis is and what it can do.
Perspectives on cognitive task analysis will be of value to professionals in allied disciplines who may rely on cognitive task analysis in their system development programs. It will be useful for students who need to know what task analysis and cognitive task analysis is.
For practitioners of cognitive task analysis, this volume is a major exposition of what their scientific world is all about.