Learning and Forgetting Curves

… a core concept in Implementation and Delivery and Atlas107

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Concept description

In his paper Spacing Learning Events Over Time (reference below, pdf on right) Will Thalheimer describes how repetition can improve retention.

The research findings that he highlights include (p. 4):

  1. Repetitions – if well designed – are very effective in supporting learning.
  2. Spaced repetitions are generally more effective than non-spaced repetitions.
  3. Both presentations of learning material and retrieval practice opportunities produce benefits when utilized as spaced repetitions.
  4. Spacing is particularly beneficial if long-term retention is the goal – as is true of most training situations. Spacing helps minimize forgetting.
Topic, subject and Atlas course

Promoting Learning (core topic) in Implementation and Delivery and Atlas107 Implementation and Delivery

Source

Will Thalheimer (2006), Spacing Learning Events Over Time – What the Research Says, Work-Learning Research Inc., at https://www.phase-6.com/system/galleries/download/lernsoftware/Spacing_Learning_Over_Time__March2009v1_.pdf, accessed 13 November 2017.

Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified on 13 November 2017.

Image: Will Thalheimer (2006), Spacing Learning Events Over Time – What the Research Says, Work-Learning Research Inc., at https://www.phase-6.com/system/galleries/download/lernsoftware/Spacing_Learning_Over_Time__March2009v1_.pdf, accessed 13 November 2017.