Contemporary cognitive load theory research: The good, the bad and the ugly

Paul A. Kirschner*, Paul Ayres, Paul Chandler

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    Abstract

    This paper reviews the 16 contributions of the special issue entitled Current Research in Cognitive Load Theory. Each paper is briefly summarized and some critical comments made. The overall collection is then discussed in terms of the positive contributions they make to the field of learning and instruction, and cognitive load theory in particular (the good), as well as problematical issues such as unresolved explanations and conflicting results (the bad) and the special case of measuring cognitive load (the ugly).
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)99-105
    Number of pages7
    JournalComputers in Human Behavior
    Volume27
    Issue number1
    Early online date29 Sep 2010
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011

    Keywords

    • Cognitive load theory
    • Methodology
    • Measurement

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