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14. Grazer Konferenz – Qualität der Lehre: New Horizons in Teaching and Learning

22. - 24.04.2010, Wien, Österreich

Understanding how we learn, implications for how we teach

Lecture/Vortrag

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  • corresponding author presenting/speaker Geoff Norman - McMaster University, Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

14. Grazer Konferenz – Qualität der Lehre: New Horizons in Teaching and Learning. Wien, Österreich, 22.-24.04.2010. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2010. Doc10grako11

DOI: 10.3205/10grako11, URN: urn:nbn:de:0183-10grako110

Published: November 18, 2010

© 2010 Norman.
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Lecture/Vortrag

Cognitive psychology has provided many insights into how people learn that can inform our teaching strategies. In this presentation I will review findings from the psychology of learning in five domains: memory (learning and remembering), transfer (using old concepts to solve new problems), deliberate practice and its critical role in transfer, experiential knowledge as a component of expertise, and the role (if any) of general strategic skills (problem-solving, critical thinking, reflection, etc.). In each area, I will begin with examples, review the evidence, then draw implications for more effective teaching.