For those of you into educational research, what are some of your favorite papers? Anything from foundational works to “oh how interesting” smaller studies.
I’ll start us off with a few items:
- Mikki Chi’s ICAP framework. This comes from a meta-analysis that explored the underlying connections between hundreds of other studies, showing clear gains when moving from passive to active to constructive to interactive learning.
- A Theoretical Framework for Physics Education Research: Modeling Student Thinking. This is a great paper by Joe Redish that links cognitive science with learning research. It’s one of the first places I ran into discussions of working memory, cognitive “chunking”, and context-dependent activation of mental resources.
- Designing effective questions for classroom response system teaching, from one of my old colleagues Ian Beatty. This describes some great tactics for creating not just single problems, but series of problems, in ways that lead learners to reconsider their thinking. Focused on physics but definitely generalizeable.