Why We Learn

Thoughts on educational psychology, instructional design, and the integration of technology in educational settings.

Category: Doctoral Work

Instructional Efficiency and Learner Involvement

Paas, Tuovinen, van Merrienober, and Darabi (2005) draw on research related mental efficiency and the tenets of Keller’s ARCS model of motivation to arrive at a rather startling deduction; the idea that the results of the mental efficiency calculation, when plotted on a Cartesian axis, provide insight into a learner’s involvement as well as the […]

Learning From Mistakes

It seems to me that education’s ultimate goal is transfer. Ironically, efficient instruction, a primary aim of instructional design, could prevent one from reaching this goal. Instructional designs represent the way in which its creator/designer views, perceives, and/or understands the content of study. Efficient instruction prescribes a narrow (single) path from what the learner knows […]

Comprehensive Exams Begin Today

I’ve just received four questions that I must address as the primary component of comprehensive exams at Kent State University. I have eight weeks to answer these completely, after which they will be evaluated. If I’m successful, I will then be asked to defend my responses in person. Research Methods in Educational Psychology and Instructional […]