Research Seminar: Cognitive Load Theory and ‘the human movement effect’

Brendan Bentley

Dr Brendan Bentley

Cognitive Load Theory has become an important theoretical framework in the development, design, and implementation of effective instructional methodologies.

This presentation discusses the central tenets of Cognitive Load Theory and its emphasis on the importance the design of teaching strategies, materials, and environment has on student cognitive capacity. It identifies recent research that reviews the effect human movement may have upon learning or schema acquisition and its implications through the lens of Cognitive Load Theory. The presentation will then describe the ‘human movement effect’ and present the findings of a recent Yr 8 classroom study that suggests that certain actions displayed by a teacher may already be internalised by the learner and as such, may support learning and understanding but produce little cognitive load, improving the learner experience.

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