Some Directions for a Cognitive Psychology of Instruction

  • Robert Glaser
  • James W. Pellegrino
  • Alan M. Lesgold
Part of the Nato Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 5)


Modern cognitive psychology is today’s dominant theoretical force in behavioral science. More than ever before, complex mental behaviors are being investigated in rigorous scientific ways. However, while cognitive psychology is becoming increasingly mature in its attempts to model the complexity of human performance, it is a fledgling in the domain of applications to education and instruction. At the present time, cognitive psychology’s findings and techniques have not significantly influenced teaching practices, instructional processes, nor the design of conditions for learning.


Cognitive Development Instructional Design Knowledge Structure Phonological Processing Phonological Code 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Glaser
    • 1
  • James W. Pellegrino
    • 1
  • Alan M. Lesgold
    • 1
  1. 1.Learning Research and Development CenterUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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