Cognitive load as a local characteristic of cognitive processes: Implications for measurement approaches

Slava Kalyuga, Jan L. Plass

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Abstract

Valid and easily usable measures of cognitive load are essential for supporting cognitive load theoretical assumptions and evaluating learning conditions in realistic environments. Measures of cognitive load also serve as indicators of learner expertise in addition to measures of performance, as more knowledgeable learners usually experience less cognitive load than novice learners. Over the last two decades, simple subjective rating scales have been the most popular and accessible tools for measuring cognitive load in learning and instruction. Many more sophisticated methods have been suggested; however, due to their specific requirements, they are mostly used in laboratory settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCognitive Load Measurement and Application
Subtitle of host publicationA Theoretical Framework for Meaningful Research and Practice
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages59-74
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781315296241
ISBN (Print)9781138238947
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Kalyuga, S., & Plass, J. L. (2017). Cognitive load as a local characteristic of cognitive processes: Implications for measurement approaches. In Cognitive Load Measurement and Application: A Theoretical Framework for Meaningful Research and Practice (pp. 59-74). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315296258