Measuring cognitive load in introductory CS: adaptation of an instrument

  title={Measuring cognitive load in introductory CS: adaptation of an instrument},
  author={Briana B. Morrison and Brian Dorn and Mark Guzdial},
A student's capacity to learn a concept is directly related to how much cognitive load is used to comprehend the material. The central problem identified by Cognitive Load Theory is that learning is impaired when the total amount of processing requirements exceeds the limited capacity of working memory. Instruction can impose three different types of cognitive load on a student's working memory: intrinsic load, extraneous load, and germane load. Since working memory is a fixed size… CONTINUE READING
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