All in Learning Scientists Posts
One of the talks introduced me to an interesting research question that is potentially applicable to authentic studying situations for students: When studying a text, should students pretend to explain the main ideas to someone, engage in retrieval practice, or does it not make a difference?
Earlier this week I came across a research study that opted for the third approach: attempting to train students to adopt different study habits. … It was a massive undertaking and provides some very interesting and compelling insights into what does and does not work when trying to get students to change their study habits.
Summary: Taking notes by hand seems to be better than taking notes using a laptop because it requires students to put the notes into their own words. However, the research is nuanced! It is important to remember, too, that if laptops are creating distractions learning will suffer. …
As researchers attempting to bridge psychological science and education, we come across several challenges. Each of us has expertise in the area of retrieval practice, where many of the classic studies take place in the laboratory with simple materials.
As educators, docents face an interesting set of challenges when teaching visitors about their collections. Namely that they have a limited amount of time with visitors. Not only do they have a short amount of time with visitors, that time is typically during a single visit.(…) I will briefly summarize how each of these are relevant in a museum setting and highlight some of the conversations we had around each of these strategies.
Dual coding and learning styles sound similar, but are not quite the same thing. While dual coding has scientific evidence backing its use, learning styles has been repeatedly tested and shown not to improve learning.
As I’ve mentioned in a previous post (see here), I have been working …