Content-type: text/html ~ Stephen's Web ~ I don't agree with Cognitive Load Theory (CLT). Here's Why (Updated with downloadable paper)file) — ICT & Computing in Education

Stephen Downes

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It's nice to see someone else questioning cognitive load theory (CLT). "CLT examines the complex relationship between our working and long term memory. It states that if we can't process information in our working memory, then it won't be transferred and stored in our long term memory. Then, we won't be able to remember it in the future." CLT is, in my view, based on a very naive understanding of cognition (hint: it's not transfer and storage of information). In this article Terry Freedman raises questions about CLT founder John Sweller's research methodology, raises some counterexamples, and criticizes the theory's vagueness.

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