A comparison of cognitive load associated with discovery learning and worked examples

  title={A comparison of cognitive load associated with discovery learning and worked examples},
  author={Juhani Tuovinen and John Sweller},
  journal={Journal of Educational Psychology},
This article reports experimental work comparing exploration and worked-examples practice in learning to use a database program. Exploration practice is based on discovery learning principles, whereas worked-examples practice arose from the development of cognitive load theory. Exploration practice was expected to place a considerable load on working memory, whereas a heavy use of worked examples was hypothesized to lead to more effective processing by reducing extraneous mental load. Students… 

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