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Achieving Harmony: Tuning into Practice
Thursday, June 18 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
RTD.31 - A scientific and applied approach to education: Translation of knowledge from the laboratory to the classroom

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The fields of cognitive psychology and education have typically worked in parallel to understand and improve learning, with researchers examining learning in laboratories and educators promoting learning in classrooms (Fischer et al., 2007). Recent work connecting basic cognitive research and educational practice have identified methods for optimizing learning by translating lab-based research to real-world classroom environments (Dunlosky et al., 2013). The theme of this roundtable session is to discuss this translational research, which has unprecedented potential for higher education to foster lifelong learning behaviors and improve student retention. We will provide an overview of broad theoretical frameworks of memory and learning in cognitive psychology, with real classroom examples of their applications; e.g., applying the cognitive load theory to instructional design (Mayer, 2003). We will engage the audience in discussions about effective strategies by asking them to first identify challenges for instructors and students (e.g., test anxiety, ineffective use of multimedia technology in the classroom). We will discuss ways to integrate cognitive research and pedagogical strategies to address those challenges. We will conclude with an exploration of a new teaching and learning Institute fostering similar insights into scholarship and research in the lab and in the classroom. The ultimate goal is to get people to think of the underlying cognitive processes of various educational practices, and develop ways to support teaching and learning strategies based on a scientific understanding of human memory and attention. 

1. Fischer, K. W., Daniel, D. B., Immordino‐Yang, M. H., Stern, E., Battro, A., & Koizumi, H. (2007). Why mind, brain, and education? Why now? Mind, Brain, and Education, 1(1), 1-2.

2. Dunlosky, J., Rawson, K. A., Marsh, E. J., Nathan, M. J., & Willingham, D. T. (2013). Improving students’ learning with effective learning techniques promising directions from cognitive and educational psychology. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 14(1), 4-58.

3. Mayer, R. E. (2003). The promise of multimedia learning: using the same instructional design methods across different media. Learning and instruction, 13(2), 125-139.


Thursday June 18, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Bayshore Salon EF

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