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Retrieval Practice and Processing Load

Retrieval Practice and Processing Load We all know by now (I hope) that for real learning, retrieval practice trumps just about all other learning and study strategies. But how does this affect processing load? The Learning Scientists recently published a blog about a piece of research on this topic. Megan Sumeracki writes: If you read …

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The Effects of Handwriting Experience on Literacy Learning: Handwriting beats Keyboard Hands-Down!

The Effects of Handwriting Experience on Literacy Learning: Handwriting beats Keyboard Hands-Down! Here’s a new chapter of the continuing story of/debate on whether it’s better for learning if you use pen/pencil and paper or a keyboard. Recently I came upon a new piece of research via ScienceDaily entitled Handwriting beats typing and watching videos for …

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The Teaching and Learning of Design

The Teaching and Learning of Design PAUL A. KIRSCHNER & DON NORMAN[1] Originally published here on 21 January 2021 Design is a profession of applications: products, services, procedures, processes, and structures. It is a field that measures its accomplishments by its creations. Traditionally, design training has focused on the skills and procedures necessary to create …

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Bringing More of a Classroom Feel to Distance Learning

Apparently wonders never cease. The website Edutopia from George Lucas is well-known for farfetched, absurd, and downright wrong and harmful articles about teaching and education, but today I found something really useful there. Maybe it’s a fluke or maybe it’s the exception justifying the rule, but whatever it is, it’s a nice and easy hack …

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Pupils can learn more effectively through stories than activities

You often hear that active ‘doing’ (pupil-centred) is better than ‘telling’ (teacher-centred) and that this is even more important and more ‘true’ when it comes to younger children. Unfortunately, this new study at the University of Bath shows that storytelling — the oldest form of teaching — is the most effective way of teaching primary …

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Organising Knowledge: Ausubel’s Advance organisers

Here’s a really clear and useful blog by David Rodger-Goodwin on David Ausubel’s Advance Organisers. The Situation – Expert teachers create and maintain, almost automatically, complex networks that link concepts, ideas and facts within their domain which students don’t have. The Solution – Popularised by the psychologist David Ausubel (1968), advance organisers provide the conceptual framework for …

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Are computer-supported literacy interventions effective for young children?

Computer-assisted learning (CAL) is gaining popularity due to its promise of cost-effectiveness, individualized approach, and enhanced engagement. However, recent research, published by Ludo Verhoeven and colleagues in Educational Research Review, shows that the effect size of CAL was smaller than those found in previous meta-analyses that investigated teacher-supported early literacy interventions. This lends evidence to a …

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Registered Reports in the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning

By: Em. prof. dr. Paul. A. Kirschner, Editor-in-Chief, Open University of the Netherlands / Thomas More University of Applied Sciences, and Dr. Jeroen Janssen, Associate Editor, Utrecht University, Netherlands The science of learning and instruction is a rapidly evolving field, with a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. It is also sometimes burdened by two …

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