In Order To Learn: How The Sequence Of Topics Influences Learning

Hardcover | August 13, 2007

EditorFrank E. Ritter, Josef Nerb, Erno Lehtinen

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Order affects the results you get: Different orders of presenting material can lead to qualitatively and quantitatively different learning outcomes. These differences occur in both natural and artificial learning systems. In Order to Learn shows how order effects are crucial in human learning,instructional design, machine learning, and both symbolic and connectionist cognitive models. Each chapter explains a different aspect of how the order in which material is presented can strongly influence what is learned by humans and theoretical models of learning in a variety of domains. Inaddition to data, models are provided that predict and describe order effects and analyze how and when they will occur. The introductory and concluding chapters compile suggestions for improving learning through better sequences of learning materials, including how to take advantage of order effectsthat encourage learning and how to avoid order effects that discourage learning. Each chapter also highlights questions that may inspire further research. Taken together, these chapters show how order effects in different areas can and do inform each other. In Order to Learn will be of interest toresearchers and students in cognitive science, education, machine learning.

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Order affects the results you get: Different orders of presenting material can lead to qualitatively and quantitatively different learning outcomes. These differences occur in both natural and artificial learning systems. In Order to Learn shows how order effects are crucial in human learning,instructional design, machine learning, and...

Frank Ritter helped start the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State, and is affiliated with the psychology, computer science and engineering departments. He also helped start the International Conference on Cognitive Modeling and the tutorial series at the Cognitive Science Conference. He was a Fulbright Schol...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 7.01 × 10 × 0.79 inPublished:August 13, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface. Foreword. Section 1. Introductory Chapters. 1. Call to order: How and why sequences influence learning2. Order is the first step to mastery3. Machine learning: The necessity of order (is order in order?)4. Rules of Order: Process models of human learning5. Order out of chaos: Order in connectionist models6. Putting things in order: Collecting and analyzing data on learningSection 2. Fundamental explanations of order: Example models. 7. An example order for Cognitive skill acquisition8. An ordered Chaos: Sequences and mental structures9. Learning in order: Steps of acquiring the concept of the day/night cycle10. Timing is in order: Modeling order effects in the learning of information11. The effects of order: A model of transfer and critiquingSection 3. Getting in and out of order: Techniques and examples from education and instructional design. 12. Getting out of order: Avoiding order effects through instruction13. Order or no order: System vs. learner control in sequencing simulation-based discovery learning14. Making your own order: Order effects in system- and user-controlled settings for learning and problem solvingSection 4. Conclusions. 15. All is in orderEpilogue: Let's Educate.