Feature validity is a generalization of the standard concept of cue validity. Cues are usually understood to be perceptual or at least rapidly computed (MacWhinney & Bates, 1989). The term “features” includes cues as well as higher level properties, such as those used by experts but not novices (Chi, Glaser & Feltovitch, 1981).
The feature validity of a knowledge component measures how well the features associated with the mental representation of the knowledge component match the features present during all situations where the component should be recalled. Strength is roughly proportionally to the number of times an encoding of a knowledge component was accessed and how recently it was accessed.