6b: Use tests and quizzes to identify content that needs to be learned – low level of evidence
This blog is a summary of a Practice Guide by Pashler et al. from 2007, which sets out to provide teachers with specific strategies for instruction and study.
I came across it in a roundabout way via this paper by Dunlosky et al cited in the “What makes great teaching? Review of the underpinning research” by Rob Coe et al.
The central tenet of this particular Practice Guide is that learning depends on memory, which can in turn be strengthened by concrete strategies. These strategies help students to master new knowledge and skills, without forgetting what they have learned.
A note on Practice Guides
The Health Care professions have been using practice guides for some time now to communicate evidence-based advice to medical practitioners.
The recommendations contained within Practice Guides are intended to be:
- Actionable by practitioners
- Coherent in their approach
- Explicitly connected to the level of supporting evidence
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