ERIC Number: EJ1036767
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
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Reference Count: 29
Integrating Cognitive Science and Technology Improves Learning in a STEM Classroom
Butler, Andrew C.; Marsh, Elizabeth J.; Slavinsky, J. P.; Baraniuk, Richard G.
Educational Psychology Review, v26 n2 p331-340 Jun 2014
The most effective educational interventions often face significant barriers to widespread implementation because they are highly specific, resource intense, and/or comprehensive. We argue for an alternative approach to improving education: leveraging technology and cognitive science to develop interventions that generalize, scale, and can be easily implemented within any curriculum. In a classroom experiment, we investigated whether three simple, but powerful principles from cognitive science could be combined to improve learning. Although implementation of these principles only required a few small changes to standard practice in a college engineering course, it significantly increased student performance on exams. Our findings highlight the potential for developing inexpensive, yet effective educational interventions that can be implemented worldwide.
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, STEM Education, Educational Technology, Cognitive Science, Intervention, Teaching Methods, Technology Integration
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