Learning as a Generative Activity

Learning as a Generative Activity

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During the past twenty-five years, researchers have made impressive advances in pinpointing effective learning strategies (namely, activities the learner engages in during learning that are intended to improve learning). In Learning as a Generative Activity: Eight Learning Strategies that Promote Understanding, Logan Fiorella and Richard E. Mayer share eight evidence-based learning strategies that promote understanding: summarizing, mapping, drawing, imagining, self-testing, self-explaining, teaching, and enacting. Each chapter describes and exemplifies a learning strategy, examines the underlying cognitive theory, evaluates strategy effectiveness by analyzing the latest research, pinpoints boundary conditions, and explores practical implications and future directions. Each learning strategy targets generative learning, in which learners actively make sense out of the material so they can apply their learning to new situations. This concise, accessible introduction to learning strategies will benefit students, researchers, and practitioners in educational psychology, as well as general readers interested in the important twenty-first-century skill of regulating one's own learning.followed by six choices, half of which were true), which we average into a single measure of comprehension (d = 0.37). ... In a follow-up study, Van Meter and colleagues (2006) asked fourth and sixth graders to read a two-page scientific text on bird wings, using ... Students in the drawing group performed better than the control group on a transfer test (with open ended questions such as, a€œThere is a birdanbsp;...

Title:Learning as a Generative Activity
Author:Logan Fiorella, Richard E. Mayer
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2014-12-27


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