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Cognitive Load Theory: Failure?

The title of this post is meant to be a joke (not a troll).  The inventor of cognitive load theory (Sweller) and others labeled problem-based learning and other constructivist and inquiry-based instructional techniques a ‘failure’ in an oft-discussed 2006 paper

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Recent Books on Conceptual Change, Engineering Education, Embodied Cognition…

I was emailing our library about purchasing some recent books and thought I’d cc the list here, along with some other recent books our library does have but you may not be aware of. Education, Conceptual Change, Constructivism Creative Model

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New Embodied Cognition Book Online

Tony Chemero has a forthcoming book entitled Radical Embodied Cognitive Science. He’s been kind enough to put a preview version of the book up on the web for comment. The book begins: Jerry Fodor is my favorite philosopher. I think

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New Books

Some interesting education/psychology books have come out recently or are due soon: Educating Learning Technology Designers: Guiding and Inspiring Creators of Innovative Educational Tools – See also the L2TD site. Powerful Learning: What We Know About Teaching for Understanding –

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Embodied Cognition in the News

The Boston Globe has a story surveying embodied cognition research. That’s probably the first time I’ve seen that topic covered in the press. The reporter even discusses educational implications on the first and last pages. He interviews various researchers and

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Embodiment in Web Design

Maybe it’s because the embodied cognition conference is less than 2 weeks away, but I am just seeing more and more connections to the strategy of focusing on embodiment in many different contexts. Even areas like google searching and web

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The Role of Eye Movements in Enhancing Transfer

Another new article recently was published that extends a very well-traveled research problem even further. I won’t give it away for those unfamiliar, but Duncker’s radiation problem is an oft-studied example of analogical transfer (or lack thereof). A paper last

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Conference on Embodied Cognition

I’m excited to be able to participate at a conference this October entitled: Cognition: Embodied, Embedded, Enactive, Extended. The title of my paper/talk is “Embodiment and the Learning Sciences: Taking the body seriously when designing learning environments and technologies.” Some

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More on the Embodied Basis of Mathematics Understanding

Another article was just published (in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition) providing more evidence about the link between embodiment/actions/gestures and mathematics understanding. From “What do the hands externalize in simple arithmetic?”: In 4 experiments, the authors

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Embodied Cognition and Education Readings

Here is a quick little pdf flyer with a list of some readings related to embodied cognition, including some educational research articles. Many of the articles listed are available for free download online. I will eventually expand this into a

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