John Sweller

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John Sweller
Born1946 (age 74–75)
CitizenshipAustralian
Alma materUniversity of Adelaide (BA, PhD)
Known forCognitive load[1]
Scientific career
FieldsEducational psychology
InstitutionsUniversity of New South Wales
ThesisEffects of initial discrimination training on subsequent shift learning in animals and humans (1972)
Websitewww.arts.unsw.edu.au/our-people/john-sweller Edit this at Wikidata

John Sweller (born 1946) is an Australian educational psychologist who is best known for formulating an influential theory of cognitive load.[1] He is currently (i.e., 2020) Professor Emeritus at the University of New South Wales.[2]

Education[edit]

Sweller was educated at the University of Adelaide where he receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1969[citation needed] followed by a PhD from the department of psychology in 1972. His doctoral research investigated effects of discrimination training on subsequent shift learning in animals.

Career and research[edit]

Sweller has authored over 80 academic publications, mainly reporting research on cognitive factors in instructional design,[3] with specific emphasis on the instructional implications of working memory limitations and their consequences for instructional procedures.[4][5][6][7]

Awards and honours[edit]

Sweller was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) in 1993.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sweller, J (1988). "Cognitive load during problem solving: Effects on learning". Cognitive Science. 12 (2): 257–285. doi:10.1207/s15516709cog1202_4. ISSN 0364-0213.
  2. ^ www.arts.unsw.edu.au/our-people/john-sweller Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ Kirschner, Paul A.; Sweller, John; Clark, Richard E. (June 2006). "Why Minimal Guidance During Instruction Does Not Work: An Analysis of the Failure of Constructivist, Discovery, Problem-Based, Experiential, and Inquiry-Based Teaching". Educational Psychologist. 41 (2): 75–86. doi:10.1207/S15326985EP4102_1. ISSN 0046-1520. S2CID 17067829. Wikidata Q55881467.
  4. ^ Sweller, John; van Merrienboer, Jeroen J. G.; Paas, Fred G. W. C. (1998). "Cognitive Architecture and Instructional Design". Educational Psychology Review. 10 (3): 251–296. doi:10.1023/A:1022193728205. ISSN 1040-726X. S2CID 127506.
  5. ^ Sweller, J. (2003) Evolution of Human Cognitive Architecture, In The Psychology of Learning and Motivation, Volume 43. Brian Ross (eds.). San Diego: Academic Press.[ISBN missing]
  6. ^ Cooper, Graham; Tindall-Ford, Sharon; Chandler, Paul; Sweller, John (2001). "Learning by imagining". Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied. 7 (1): 68–82. doi:10.1037/1076-898X.7.1.68. ISSN 1076-898X. PMID 11577621.
  7. ^ John Sweller (1999) Instructional design in technical areas. Melbourne: ACER Press. ISBN 978-0864313126