Double-Barrelled Learning for Young & Old

In the midst of writing a chapter about dual coding myself, this blog post comes very welcome!

3-Star learning experiences

Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen

When accompanying text with images, a learner learns better. However, this only works when they are combined properly! 

A good combination of words and images facilitates learning. This is based on the dual coding theory (Paivio, 1971), which uses the idea that humans need either verbal associations or visual imagery to increase learning effectiveness. The theory assumes that we have two specific yet connected cognitive subsystems. One subsystem is specialized in representing and processing nonverbal objects/events (i.e., imagery), and the other subsystem is specialized in dealing with language. To put it simply, the theory discusses how we process verbal and visual information in our brains.

paivio dual coding

While the theory is not new, it’s receiving quite a bit of attention. As a matter of fact, it actually informs how we think about and design multimedia learning environments; but this will be discussed later. An…

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