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Morehead, Kayla; Dunlosky, John; Rawson, Katherine A. – Educational Psychology Review, 2019
Many students use laptops to take notes in classes, but does using them impact later test performance? In a high-profile investigation comparing note-taking writing on paper versus typing on a laptop keyboard, Mueller and Oppenheimer ("Psychological Science," 25, 1159-1168, 2014) concluded that taking notes by longhand is superior. We…
Descriptors: Notetaking, Educational Technology, Laptop Computers, Technology Uses in Education
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Rawson, Katherine A.; Dunlosky, John – Educational Psychology Review, 2016
Declarative concepts (i.e., key terms and corresponding definitions for abstract concepts) represent foundational knowledge that students learn in many content domains. Thus, investigating techniques to enhance concept learning is of critical importance. Various theoretical accounts support the expectation that example generation will serve this…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Concept Formation, Experiments, Learning Processes
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Jones, Angela C.; Wardlow, Liane; Pan, Steven C.; Zepeda, Cristina; Heyman, Gail D.; Dunlosky, John; Rickard, Timothy C. – Educational Psychology Review, 2016
In three experiments, we compared the effectiveness of rainbow writing and retrieval practice, two common methods of spelling instruction. In experiment 1 (n = 14), second graders completed 2 days of spelling practice, followed by spelling tests 1 day and 5 weeks later. A repeated measures analysis of variance demonstrated that spelling accuracy…
Descriptors: Spelling, Experiments, Comparative Analysis, Spelling Instruction
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Rawson, Katherine A.; Dunlosky, John; Sciartelli, Sharon M. – Educational Psychology Review, 2013
Practice tests and spaced study are both highly potent for enhancing learning and memory. Combining these two methods under the conditions in which they are most effective (i.e., practice tests that invoke successful retrieval from long-term memory and spacing study across days) yields a promising learning technique referred to as "successive…
Descriptors: Retention (Psychology), Tests, Intervention, Teaching Methods
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Rawson, Katherine A.; Dunlosky, John – Educational Psychology Review, 2012
Although summative testing is often maligned within educational communities, practice testing is one of the most well-established strategies for improving student learning. Despite the wealth of empirical evidence that testing can enhance learning, teachers and students underutilize practice testing as a learning strategy. Accordingly, a…
Descriptors: Evidence, Testing, Learning Strategies, Teaching Methods