The impact of cognitive architecture and Cognitive Load Theory on classroom assessment

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Coombs, Andrew
cognitive architecture , assessment , Cognitive Load Theory
While there is no shortage of evidence that teachers’ assessment practices fundamentally influence student learning and the classroom environment, few scholars have examined the impact of cognitive load theory or cognitive architecture research on classroom assessment practices. Given the increased emphasis on classroom assessment practices in response to the standards-based, accountability framework in North American education, exploring the relationship between cognitive load theory and cognitive architecture on classroom assessment practices is critical. The purpose of this paper is to (a) provide an overview of cognitive load theory and cognitive architecture research that has a direct impact on classroom instruction, and (b) to use this body of research to explore curriculum design and the modification of classroom assessments to improve student learning.
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