Integrating Cognitive Science and Technology Improves Learning in a STEM Classroom

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Journal Article

The most effective educational interventions often face significant barriers to widespread implementation because they are highly specific, resource intense, and/or comprehensive. We argue for an alternative approach to improving education: leveraging technology and cognitive science to develop interventions that generalize, scale, and can be easily implemented within any curriculum. In a classroom experiment, we investigated whether three simple, but powerful principles from cognitive science could be combined to improve learning. Although implementation of these principles only required a few small changes to standard practice in a college engineering course, it significantly increased student performance on exams. Our findings highlight the potential for developing inexpensive, yet effective educational interventions that can be implemented worldwide. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

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Cited Authors

  • Butler, AC; Marsh, EJ; Slavinsky, JP; Baraniuk, RG

Published Date

  • January 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 331 - 340

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-336X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1040-726X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10648-014-9256-4

Citation Source

  • Scopus