There are urgent matters to attend to

Filling the pail

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.

  1. Does the idea have implications for what we teach?
  2. 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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