Researcher

Emeritus Professor John Sweller

My Expertise

Cognitive science; psychology of learning and problem solving; cognitive processes; instructional design.

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

John Sweller is an Emeritus Professor who is best known for formulating cognitive load theory which uses our knowledge of evolutionary psychology and human cognitive architecture as a base for instructional design. The theory is one of the most highly cited educational psychology theories. John Sweller received a Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide’s Department of Psychology in 1972 and a B.A. (Hons.) from the same institution in 1969. He...view more

John Sweller is an Emeritus Professor who is best known for formulating cognitive load theory which uses our knowledge of evolutionary psychology and human cognitive architecture as a base for instructional design. The theory is one of the most highly cited educational psychology theories. John Sweller received a Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide’s Department of Psychology in 1972 and a B.A. (Hons.) from the same institution in 1969. He has authored over 180 academic publications and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.


My Qualifications

BA PhD Adel, FASSA


My Research Activities

Development of cognitive load theory and testing the instructional consequences of the theory using randomised, controlled trials.


My Engagement

There are several user friendly guides to cognitive load theory available. The New South Wales Department of Education provides two very useful guides:

https://www.cese.nsw.gov.au/publications-filter/cognitive-load-theory-research-that-teachers-really-need-to-understand

 

In addition, St. Andrews Cathedral School in Sydney has a video interview that outlines central aspects of the theory:

https://youtu.be/srkgXMHdaUs

 

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Location

132 Goodsell Building

Contact

+61 432 555 764
0432 555 764