Teaching and Learning: The role of Learning Theory

The Oxford Dictionary defines learning as “the acquisition of knowledge or skills through study, experience, or being taught”. However, before any teacher even begins to engage in this process with students they must consider learning theory and its effect on the teaching approach they choose. Learning theories allow educators to design learning environments and improve … Continue reading Teaching and Learning: The role of Learning Theory

Cognitive Load Theory – “the single most important thing for teachers to know”

Filling the pail

Earlier, renowned educationalist Dylan Wiliam tweeted:

I therefore thought that I would take the opportunity to suggest a few articles that teachers can access to find out more.

Firstly, I have written a piece for The Conversation that provides a very basic introduction to Cognitive Load Theory (CLT), demonstrating how it applies to practical teaching problems.

In his tweet, Wiliam provides a link to a paper on the history of CLT written by John Sweller which also outlines some practical issues.

I first became aware of CLT through reading the seminal paper “Why Minimal Guidance During Instruction Does Not Work: An Analysis of the Failure of Constructivist, Discovery, Problem Based, Experiential, and Inquiry-Based Teaching,” by Paul Kirschner, John Sweller and Richard Clark. This…

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