Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Task Analysis

  • Amy J. ArmstrongEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_431


It is an instructional strategy in which a task is analyzed, step by step, from the beginning to the completion of the respective task. The purpose of a task analysis is to determine the instructional goals and objectives, define and describe in detail the tasks and subtasks that the individual will perform, specify the knowledge type (declarative, structural, and procedural knowledge) that characterize a job or task, select learning outcomes that are appropriate for instructional development, prioritize and sequence tasks, determine instructional activities and strategies that foster learning, select appropriate media and learning environments, and construct performance assessments and evaluation (Jonassen et al. 1999).

Specific tasks to be analyzed are typically identified within the job analysis process and are often the core routines and/or essential functions of a respective job. Task analyses are used to assist individuals with cognitive and/or learning challenges to...

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References and Readings

  1. Jonassen, D. H., Tessmer, M., & Hannum, W. H. (1999). Task analysis methods for instructional design. Mahwah: Erlbaum.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Rehabilitation CounselingVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA