Explorations in the Learning Sciences, Instructional Systems and Performance Technologies

Cognitive Load Theory

Authors: Sweller, John, Ayres, Paul, Kalyuga, Slava

  • Provides a definitive statement of unique cognitive architecture and novel instructional design principles generated by cognitive load theory
  • Contains the most inclusive and comprehensive review of the literature on cognitive load theory conducted
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Cognitive Load Theory

 

John Sweller, Paul Ayres, Slava Kalyuga

 

 

Effective instructional design depends on the close study of human cognitive architecture—the processes and structures that allow people to acquire and use knowledge. Without this background, we might recognize that a teaching strategy is successful, but have no understanding as to why it works, or how it might be improved.

 

Cognitive Load Theory offers a novel, evolutionary-based perspective on the cognitive architecture that informs instructional design. By conceptualizing biological evolution as an information processing system and relating it to human cognitive processes, cognitive load theory bypasses many core assumptions of traditional learning theories. Its focus on the aspects of human cognitive architecture that are relevant to learning and instruction (particularly regarding the functions of long-term and working memory) puts the emphasis on domain-specific rather than general learning, resulting in a clearer understanding of educational design and a basis for more effective instructional methods. Coverage includes:

 

  • The analogy between evolution by natural selection and human cognition.
  • Categories of cognitive load and their interactions in learning.
  • Strategies for measuring cognitive load.
  • Cognitive load effects and how they lead to educational innovation.
  • Instructional design principles resulting from cognitive load theory.

 

Academics, researchers, instructional designers, cognitive and educational psychologists, and students of cognition and education, especially those concerned with education technology, will look to Cognitive Load Theory as a vital addition to their libraries.

 

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Categories of Knowledge: An Evolutionary Approach

    Sweller, John (et al.)

    Pages 3-14

  • Amassing Information: The Information Store Principle

    Sweller, John (et al.)

    Pages 17-25

  • Acquiring Information: The Borrowing and Reorganising Principle and the Randomness as Genesis Principle

    Sweller, John (et al.)

    Pages 27-38

  • Interacting with the External Environment: The Narrow Limits of Change Principle and the Environmental Organising and Linking Principle

    Sweller, John (et al.)

    Pages 39-53

  • Intrinsic and Extraneous Cognitive Load

    Sweller, John (et al.)

    Pages 57-69

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eBook $149.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cognitive Load Theory
Authors
Series Title
Explorations in the Learning Sciences, Instructional Systems and Performance Technologies
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-8126-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-8126-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-8125-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 274
Number of Illustrations and Tables
20 b/w illustrations
Topics