FROM NANCY CURTIS
Efficiency in Learning: Evidence-Based Guidelines to Manage Cognitive Load by Ruth Colvin Clark et al. (Pfieffer, 2005)
Connects models of human consciousness, perception, attention, and learning with evidence-based recommendations for how to maximize results from learning design and delivery.
Our instructional model is largely derived from Clarkian principles, so I have read most of her works. This is the one that resonates the most with me in terms of the research and evidence lining up with my subjective experience as an individual learner. It provides great arguments and justifications for focusing on the essential elements of instruction and not wasting resources on ineffective strategies. And I found it to be a fascinating read.
(Fun fact – my name is on the back cover!)