What can we learn from the L3 debacle?

From the outset, concerns were raised about a programme launched in New South Wales to teach early literacy known as “Language, Learning and Literacy” or simply “L3”. In Winter 2015, Learning Difficulties Australia published a feature article in their magazine about the programme. According to this article: “The L3 guidelines involve small group teaching within […]…

On Cognitive Load

I’ve been thinking recently about cognitive load theory (CLT), a theory founded by John Sweller in the 1980s. Bear with me. I’m not intending to use seductive sounding terms like ‘cognitive architecture’; or to suggest that I am an expert on CLT; or to delve into discussions about intrinsic, extraneous and germane cognitive load; or […]…

Is it the end of Safe Schools?

I was a student in the 80s and 90s in a regional town in New South Wales. I recall sitting in a sex education class, talking and giggling with my friends about the banana and condom trick, as a bright faced teacher in training attempted to get through the demonstration in one piece. Being a…

The best way to teach

I am actually slightly more interested in what to teach than how to teach. However, teaching methods are more amenable to experiment than curriculum content and so I find myself discussing them more often. The reason why the effect of our choice of content is not easy to test highlights an important flaw in many…

Edugenic Academic Failure #dsfconf

To Perth for the Language, Literacy and Learning conference organised by the Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation. I am suspicious of many education conferences because there is a tendency for the sessions to be dominated by sociological theories rather than scientific evidence. But this is not a standard education conference. It is an event where speech pathologists, researchers, […]…