Cognitive load theory provides a framework for

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Unformatted text preview: ey develop and interpret maps. If they develop separate maps for what they have read, have them compare and contrast their maps. Limitations of Working Memory And Instruction As you remember from Chapter 3, the working memory is a limited capacity processor that can be overloaded by two much information at one time or the requirement to execute too many complicated mental processes at once. Cognitive load theory provides a framework for understanding how the limited capacity of working memory can influence instruction. According to cognitive load theory, instruction poses three different types of cognitive load on working memory (Bannert, 2002; Sweller, 1999). • Intrinsic cognitive load derives from the material to be learned, and is determined by the complexity of the material to be learned and learners’ prior knowledge about that material. Intrinsic load is high for complex and unfamiliar material. 32 • Extrinsic cognitive load results from inadequately designed instruction. Typically this occurs when extra...
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