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Domain-Specific Knowledge: 1, Domain-Independent Skills: 0

Mirjam Neelen & Paul A. Kirschner

In both the workplace and education, there’s a lot of talk about so-called ‘domain-independent skills’, also called ‘generic’ or ‘transferable’ skills. 2,218 more words

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And the winner is... testing!

Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen

When you ask learners how they study or how they prepare for a test, it’s likely that they’ll tell you that they reread and/or highlight and/or underline important paragraphs or sentences in their textbooks, workbooks, prints, and so forth. 1,560 more words

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No Feedback, No Learning

Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen

Feedback is one of the most, if not the most important tools for supporting learning. Giving effective feedback has also been found to be one of the most powerful educational interventions to improve learning. 1,608 more words

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Chess in Schools: Holy Grail or Snake Oil?

Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen

‘Armenia makes chess compulsory in schools’, according to this article in the Guardian. Armenian authorities claim that chess is the key to success in school and life. 1,836 more words

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Logical Fallacies: Don’t Let Them Fool You

Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen

Sometimes people use bogus arguments in the form of logical fallacies (arguments where the conclusion does not follow from the premises) to oppose facts or viewpoints and, ultimately to bamboozle a discussion. 1,623 more words

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A Little Learning in the Workplace is a Dangerous Thing

Mirjam Neelen & Paul A. Kirschner

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

Søren Kierkegaard

Sanchez and Dunning (2018) recently published an article with the title ‘Overconfidence Among Beginners: Is a Little Learning a Dangerous Thing?’ 1,281 more words

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