This week, we return back to the first of the principles from the Greensand PACE model - the Science of Learning. In returning to the first principle and by then revisiting each of the remaining five, we hope to model the very concept illustrated in this week's blog. Research tells us that spaced practice like this, rather than massed practice, leads to better outcomes.
In any curriculum design, giving students the chance to meet the same concept several times but with periods of time in between - spaced practice, rather than repeatedly over a short space of time - massed practice - from what we know so far from cognitive science, seems to yield a greater success rate.
What happens when students read a text twice in a row or watch the same lecture video twice in a row? We know from research on retrieval practice and spaced practice that such “massed” repetition of information does little to enhance long-term learning.