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Sweller’s Cognitive Load Theory in Action

Sweller’s Cognitive Load Theory in Action

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What is it that enables students to learn from some classroom activities, yet leaves them totally confused by others?

Although we can’t see directly into students’ minds, we do have Cognitive Load Theory, and this is the next best thing. Built on the foundation of all learning, the human memory system, Cognitive Load Theory details the exact actions that teachers can take to maximise student outcomes.

Written under the guidance, and thoroughly reviewed by the originator of CLT, John Sweller, this practical guide summarises over 30 years of research in this field into clear and easily understandable terms. This book features both a thorough discussion of the core principles of CLT and a wide array of classroom-ready strategies to apply it to art, music, history, chemistry, PE, mathematics, computer science, economics, biology, and more.

"I would like to recommend this book in the highest possible terms to all educators who wish to familiarise themselves with cognitive load theory,"
     – Emeritus Professor John Sweller


About the Author


Oliver (Ollie) Lovell is a teacher, author, blogger, and podcaster in Melbourne, Australia. He runs the popular ‘Education Research Reading Room’ podcast, and Tools for Teachers is his second book following the bestselling Sweller’s Cognitive Load Theory in Action. You can stay up to date with Ollie’s thoughts and insights into education at www.ollielovell.com