ERIC Number: EJ882024
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Merlin C. Wittrock's Enduring Contributions to the Science of Learning
Mayer, Richard E.
Educational Psychologist, v45 n1 p46-50 2010
Among his many accomplishments in educational psychology, Merlin C. Wittrock is perhaps best remembered for his enduring contributions to the science of learning. His vision of how learning works is best explicated in articles published in "Educational Psychologist" (Wittrock, 1974, 1978, 1989, 1991, 1992), beginning with his classic 1974 article, "Learning as a Generative Process." In particular, Wittrock's contributions to the science of learning include (a) developing the generative theory of learning, (b) testing the generative theory of learning, and (c) applying the generative theory learning. In this article, I briefly summarize each of these accomplishments and describe how they influenced the field and my own research on learning and instruction.
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Educational Psychology, Cognitive Processes, Prior Learning, Memory, Reading Comprehension, Epistemology, Outcomes of Education, Instructional Design, Learning Strategies, Control Groups, High School Students, Experimental Groups, College Students, Effect Size, Multimedia Instruction
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Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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