Well over a century of research has investigated basic processes that underlie human learning. Although such work in the science of learning has yielded a number of generalizable principles, there remain impediments to their effective implementation in educational settings. For instance, many evidence-based strategies are not intuitive. Consequently, students are frequently unaware when they are engaging in ineffective learning strategies and instructors may similarly support and implement ineffective learning strategies. Enhancing knowledge of evidence-based strategies is thus an important first step to optimal learning. However, improved knowledge of study strategies must also be accompanied by successful production and practice of those strategies. This likely introduces a significant challenge for students and instructors alike, as behavior must change in order to alter prior ineffective habits and strategies. In this talk, I will discuss some general approaches to improving knowledge of learning strategies and achieving behavior change in ways that are easy to implement and incorporate within existing course structures and peer-mentoring approaches.
Anne M. Cleary, Professor
Cognitive Psychology Program Coordinator
Colorado State University