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Education Research Reading Room with Josh Cuevas

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Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre (Meeting Room 3)

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Find and listen to all past ERRR Podcast episodes here, and see who we'll be having on for future episodes here

Introduction: Independent silent reading, learning styles, and dual coding

NOTE: This ERRR is held at a different time to our usual events. This is due to the fact that our guest will be skyping in from North America.

Every learning environment contains a multitude of informations streams that teachers can privilege, and students can pay attention to, in order to support the trasfer, creation, and retention of knowledge. This information can be encountered by students through their various senses (sight, hearing, touch, etc), and in different environments ('organised chaos', silence, etc). This ERRR event is all about how these various information streams and environments impact on students' ability to learn, and how teachers can use research to better select appropriate instructional strategies to enhance learning.

Our first article, entitled A test of two alternative cognitive processing models: Learning styles and dual coding (download here) examines the widely held view that different students have different learning styles and that teaches should present information to students in a way that is consistent with their individual learning styles. The learning styles approach is compared to 'Dual coding', an approach which suggests that visual information should be presented simultaneously with linguistic information in order to promote learning. These two theories are compared and contrasted, with fascinating results and very specific implications for teachers' classroom instruction.

Our second article is Applied cognition: Testing the effects of independent silent reading on secondary students’ achievement and attribution (download here). This paper explores silent reading as a method of supporting student learning. Given the advocacy for the silent reading approach expressed on the recent 'Revolution School' television program, it's wonderful to have an opportunity to explore whether the research really does support this approach to literacy.

If your interested in cognitive science, efficient instruction, and supporting student's reading and learning, this ERRR is for you!

Key info:

  • Read & Think: Check out the first (download here) and second (download here) articles that will form the basis for our group discussion. It's ideal for attendees to read these articles prior to the event and to come along with any questions that they may have for our authors and teachers.

  • When? Atttendees to arrive at 10:30am. This will leave 30 minutes to share questions and loosely plan the interview together prior to Josh joining us via skype at 11am.

  • Where? Meeting room 3, Kathleen Syme Library, 251 Faraday st, Carlton, 3053 (map)

Our guest this month

Joshua Cuevas is an associate professor, researcher, and cognitive psychologist in the College of Education at the University of North Georgia where he teaches courses in assessment, research methodology, educational psychology, and literacy. Prior to earning a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at Georgia State University, he taught literature and journalism at the secondary level at a diverse high school near Atlanta. He has worked in state assessment through the University of Georgia Educational Research Laboratory and at the national level through the American Council on Education. He is currently a member of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Cuevas’ research interests include applied cognition, assessment, educational measurement, evidence-based reasoning, language and literacy, and quantitative methodology. He has published peer-reviewed research and popular articles for practitioners on the subjects of applied cognition, higher order thinking, memory, educational technology, learning styles, and dual coding. Central to Dr. Cuevas’ work is the question of how empirical research can be used to inform teacher education in order to improve student learning outcomes in k-12 schools.


What is the ERRR?

The Education Research Reading Room brings together passionate teachers and educators with inspiring education thought leaders. Each month we contact a prominent figure in the education landscape and ask them ‘If every teacher and educator in the world could spend an hour reading your work, what would you want them to read?’

Attendees then read this piece in preparation for a live event with the author to discuss and explore the topic in more depth. The subsequent conversation becomes the Education Research Reading Room (ERRR) Podcast.

Find and listen to all past ERRR Podcast episodes here, and see who we'll be having on for future episodes here.

The ERRR is free of charge and open to all. Numbers are capped to ensure that it stays as a conversation rather than a lecture. Preference will be given to those who sign up first and those of minority or oppressed groups.*

We hope to see you in the ERRR!

A quick note on the podcast: Following the ERRR live event the recording will be edited prior to release of the podcast. This means that if anyone makes a comment that they wouldn't like to be on the podcast, they can just indicate this and said comment will be omitted from the final product. If you don't feel confident speaking into the mic during the event please don't let that deter you from coming along. All are welcome whether they'd like to actively participate or just sit back and enjoy the conversation.

This event will be held on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.

To see a guest list and associated research papers for upcoming ERRR events, go to www.ollielovell.com/podcast

*If you are a member of a minority or oppressed group and, at the time of booking, it is indicated to you that the event is full, please send a direct email to Ollie at oliverlovelltas@gmail.com. Spaces are reserved for this purpose.


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