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Explorations of relationships among learners, tasks, and learning

Learning and Instruction Volume 19, Number 5, ISSN 0959-4752 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


Based on a critical re-analysis of cognitive load theory (CLT), Schnotz and Kürschner identified the need for research on more sensitive ways of assessing learner characteristics, both prior to and during instruction, in order to understand learning processes and outcomes. One emergent theme of the papers in this special issue is that the “same” learning environment is differentially demanding and produces different results depending on characteristics of the learners, most importantly their knowledge in the task domain. These findings indicate that to optimize learning outcomes, theories of instructional design and learning need to be more adaptive and reflect the nuances of interactions among learners, tasks, and instructional supports.


Goldman, S.R. (2009). Explorations of relationships among learners, tasks, and learning. Learning and Instruction, 19(5), 451-454. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved November 12, 2019 from .

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