Desirable Difficulties: Making learning slow, to improve performance fast

Two scientists, Elizabeth and Robert Bjork understood what biologists have known for many years: struggle is a necessary biological prerequisite to acquiring a new skill. Elizabeth and Robert Bjork, who coined the phrase “desirable difficulties,” write that difficulties are desirable because “they trigger encoding and retrieval processes that support learning, comprehension, and remembering.” Unlike Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development, which […]

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