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Applications of cognitive science to education

Henry L. Roediger, Bridgid Finn and Yana Weinstein

in Neuroscience in Education

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199600496
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739187 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600496.003.0037
Applications of cognitive science to education

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This chapter discusses five topics from cognitive psychology that can be directly applied to the classroom and/or to students' study strategies outside of class. These include: retrieval practice through testing, which enhances learning more than restudying does; spaced periods of study of the same topic relative to massed study of that topic; the interleaving of different topics of study rather than blocked studying of the same topic; improved metacognitive monitoring for students (that is, teaching students to assess accurately the state of their own knowledge); and teaching in ways that will facilitate the transfer of learning to novel situations.

Keywords: cognitive psychology; retrieval practice; testing; spaced study periods; metacognitive monitoring; teaching; learning

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Subjects: Neuroscience

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