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Cognitive Science and Instructional Design


This program of research aims to explore how we can apply what we know about the human cognitive architecture to design more effective learning materials and activities.


Associate Professor Paul Ginns.

Research location

Sydney School of Education and Social Work

Program type



This programme of research aims to take our knowledge of the structure and function of the mind, and apply this knowledge to maximise students’ learning. When instructional materials don’t take such factors into account, students often experience cognitive overload, harming learning. This programme of research uses experimental research methods to test hypotheses drawn from Cognitive Load Theory (e.g. Sweller, 1999) and the Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning (e.g. Mayer, 2001). Areas of current interest are the effects on learning of inductive training, gesturing, imagination, and personalisation.  

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 750

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