I was quite happy to post Mike Ollerton’s critique of Cognitive Load Theory. I disagree with it, but I like they way it has implications for teaching and learning. As a teacher, that is what I am interested in. I would like to propose a test for educational ideas.
- Does the idea have implications for what we teach?
- Does the idea have implications for how we teach?
If the answer is, “No”, to both of these questions then it still may be a very interesting idea, but it is not of practical significance to teachers; the primary concern of this blog.
Let’s explore the difference these questions make. While Ollerton suggests that it is possible to learn through problem solving, I would suggest that such an approach is more likely to fail and that this likelihood increases for the most disadvantaged students. Ollerton may, if he wishes, support his position…
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