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In Order to Learn: How the sequence of topics influences learning

Frank E. Ritter, Josef Nerb, Erno Lehtinen, and Timothy O'Shea


Order affects the results you get: different orders of presenting material can lead to qualitatively and quantitatively different learning outcomes. These differences occur in both natural and artificial learning systems. In Order to Learn shows how order effects are crucial in human learning, instructional design, machine learning, and both symbolic and connectionist cognitive models. Each chapter explains a different aspect of how the order in which material is presented can strongly influence what is learned by humans, and includes theoretical models of learning in a variety of domains. In ... More

Keywords: order, results, presenting material, learning outcomes, learning systems, human learning, instructional design, machine learning, cognitive models, learning materials

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195178845
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178845.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank E. Ritter, editor
The Pennsylvania State University

Josef Nerb, editor
University of Freiburg

Erno Lehtinen, editor
University of Turku

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Part I Introductory Chapters

Chapter 4 Rules of Order: Process Models of Human Learning

Josef Nerb, Frank E. Ritter, and Pat Langley

Part II Fundamental Explanations of Order: Example Models

Chapter 7 An Example Order for Cognitive Skill Acquisition

Alexander Renkl, and Robert K. Atkinson

Part III Getting In and Out of Order: Techniques and Examples From Education and Instructional Design

Part IV Conclusions

Epilogue: Let’s Educate

Oliver G. Selfridge