Review: Retrieval Practice

This resource by Kate Jones (2019) is a concise overview of all things retrieval practice – theory, research and classroom implementation.

It begins by defining the term…

‘… the act of recalling learned information from memory (with little or no support) and every time that information is retrieved, or an answer is generated, it changes that original memory to make it stronger’

…then outlining some of the theory behind retrieval practice (e.g. multi-store model of memory, working memory model, etc). Take home points from the intro for me were:

Retrieval practice is aka ‘the testing effect’ in educational research.Testing is not just assessment – it forms part of learning.Reviewing notes, textbooks etc is more part of the encoding process – it is not retrieval as this should occur without support.Retrieval activities should be low effort, high impact.

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