Cognitive Load Theory


This resource offers a beginner’s guide introduction to cognitive load theory and is offered as an A4 slide deck to be reused and shared with other teachers in schools.  The challenge for all teachers is once we understand this research on cognitive load, how do we translate the theory into practical strategies in the classroom.

You can find many teaching and learning resources to help.

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Australian educational psychologist and academic, John Sweller published his research on Cognitive Load During Problem Solving: Effects on Learning (1998)

Sweller writes in the opening page of his paper, “that contrary to current practice and many cognitive theories, some forms of problem-solving interfere with learning.”

Thirty years later, where are we now, and what can teachers learn from the original research?

You can read more in this blog post as I unpick the original theory.



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