Jeroen J.G.Merriënboer and Paul A. Kirschner, Ten Steps to Complex Learning

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This book is now on its third edition, so I probably should have read it ages ago but it is as relevant as ever.  As the title suggests, this book explains how to create a rigorous ten step learning programme.  It is not just for teachers, anyone designing a vocational training programme should definitely do so with this book to hand.  Its guidance will enable a teacher or trainer to construct a programme that makes the best possible use of all those familiar things like cognitive load theory, modelling, scaffolding, spaced and deliberate practice and corrective feedback.  It is also the perfect introduction to concepts such as IF-THEN rules (specific instructions that remind the learner that if X happens or is true they should do Y), attention focusing (methods for making sure that the learner focuses on the ‘most difficult or dangerous steps’ in a ‘complex procedure’) and snowballing (training…

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