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Ep 4. Cognitive load theory with Greg Ashman

The transcript for this episode is here.

Greg Ashman’s blog and podcast

Filling the Pail Blog

Blog post about timed test and math anxiety references:

Filling the Pail Podcast

Greg Ashman's books on teaching  and learning


Little guide for teachers: Cognitive load theory

The truth about teaching: An evidence-informed guide for new teachers

The power of explicit teaching and direct instruction


Articles referred to in the episode


Paul A. Kirschner, John Sweller & Richard E. Clark (2006) Why Minimal Guidance During Instruction Does Not Work: An Analysis of the Failure of Constructivist, Discovery, Problem-Based, Experiential, and Inquiry-Based Teaching, Educational Psychologist, 41:2, 75-86,


Kroesbergen, E. H., Van Luit, J. E. H., & Maas, C. J. M. (2004). Effectiveness of Explicit and Constructivist Mathematics Instruction for Low-Achieving Students in The Netherlands. The Elementary School Journal, 104(3), 233–251.


Garon-Carrier G, Boivin M, Guay F, Kovas Y, Dionne G, Lemelin JP, Séguin JR, Vitaro F, Tremblay RE. (2016) Intrinsic Motivation and Achievement in Mathematics in Elementary School: A Longitudinal Investigation of Their Association. Child Dev., 87(1):165-75.


Cowan N. (2001) The magical number 4 in short-term memory: a reconsideration of mental storage capacity. Behav. Brain Sci., 24(1):87-114; discussion 114-85.

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