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Self-management of cognitive load: Potential and challenges

Chapter


Abstract


  • The predominant focus for cognitive load theory research has been the teachers’ or instructional designers’ application of cognitive load theory principles to prepare learning materials to optimally support their students’ cognitive load. This chapter discusses a new line of research that focuses on equipping learners to apply cognitive load theory principles themselves to manage their own cognitive load – self-management of cognitive load. The chapter begins with a summary of the research conducted on self-management of cognitive load when learning from split-attention materials. The chapter then presents a recent investigation into self-management of cognitive load in redundant learning materials. The findings highlight the educational potential of this emergent self-management effect, but also the significant challenges. A literature review of redundancy-effect studies illustrates the various ways redundancy can be evident in instructional materials and the challenges learners face when having to self-manage redundancy. The chapter concludes by outlining educational implications and areas for future research.

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Mirza, F., Agostinho, S., Tindall-Ford, S., Paas, F. & Chandler, P. (2020). Self-management of cognitive load: Potential and challenges. In S. Tindall-Ford, S. Agostinho & J. Sweller (Eds.), Advances in Cognitive Load Theory: Rethinking Teaching (pp. 157-167). United Kingdom: Routledge.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780367246884

Book Title


  • Advances in Cognitive Load Theory: Rethinking Teaching

Start Page


  • 157

End Page


  • 167

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • The predominant focus for cognitive load theory research has been the teachers’ or instructional designers’ application of cognitive load theory principles to prepare learning materials to optimally support their students’ cognitive load. This chapter discusses a new line of research that focuses on equipping learners to apply cognitive load theory principles themselves to manage their own cognitive load – self-management of cognitive load. The chapter begins with a summary of the research conducted on self-management of cognitive load when learning from split-attention materials. The chapter then presents a recent investigation into self-management of cognitive load in redundant learning materials. The findings highlight the educational potential of this emergent self-management effect, but also the significant challenges. A literature review of redundancy-effect studies illustrates the various ways redundancy can be evident in instructional materials and the challenges learners face when having to self-manage redundancy. The chapter concludes by outlining educational implications and areas for future research.

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Mirza, F., Agostinho, S., Tindall-Ford, S., Paas, F. & Chandler, P. (2020). Self-management of cognitive load: Potential and challenges. In S. Tindall-Ford, S. Agostinho & J. Sweller (Eds.), Advances in Cognitive Load Theory: Rethinking Teaching (pp. 157-167). United Kingdom: Routledge.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780367246884

Book Title


  • Advances in Cognitive Load Theory: Rethinking Teaching

Start Page


  • 157

End Page


  • 167

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom