ERIC Number: ED293792
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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Information Processing Theory: Classroom Applications.
Slate, John R.; Charlesworth, John R., Jr.
The information processing model, a theoretical framework of how humans think, reason, and learn, views human cognitive functioning as analogous to the operation of a computer. This paper uses the increased understanding of the information processing model to provide teachers with suggestions for improving the teaching-learning process. Major theoretical concepts in cognitive psychology are explained and specific ways to utilize each concept are delineated. These concepts are (1) attention; (2) active learning; (3) meaningfulness; (4) organization; (5) advance organizers; (6) memory aids; (7) overlearning; and (8) automaticity. A number of suggestions are provided as to how teachers can incorporate more of the new knowledge gained from the information processing theory into their classrooms. In addition, the model provides a strong theoretical rationale supporting many traditional teaching techniques. (JD)
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