Students don’t know what’s good for them

Filling the pail

In yesterday’s post, I linked to a piece of research that showed that students don’t make good choices about how they learn.

It is worth pointing out that this is not an isolated piece of research. It is such a strong effect that the author of that paper, Richard Clark, coined the term ‘mathemathantic’ for when particular teaching methods ‘kill’ learning and noted that instructional procedures where students are give control over learning tend to be mathemathantic. Paul Kirschner and Mirjam Neelen have an excellent blog post on the topic.

If you are still not convinced, then perhaps it might be worth sharing two papers that I just happened to have stumbled across recently.

The first paper is a study of students engaged in reading digital texts and print texts. Students preferred the digital texts and predicted that they had understood them better. However, testing demonstrated that students actually…

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