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41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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B. F. Skinner Lecture Series Paper Session #41
CE Offered: BACB

Retrieval-Based Learning: Active Retrieval Promotes Meaning

Saturday, May 23, 2015
2:00 PM–2:50 PM
006AB (CC)
Area: SCI; Domain: Basic Research
CE Instructor: Karen M. Lionello-DeNolf, Ph.D.
Chair: Karen M. Lionello-DeNolf (Elms College)
JEFFREY KARPICKE (Purdue University)
Jeffrey Karpicke is the James V. Bradley Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University and is an expert on applying cognitive science to education. He received a B.A. in psychology from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Karpicke's research sits at the interface between cognitive science and education, with a specific emphasis on the importance of retrieval processes for learning. The goal of Karpicke's research is to identify effective strategies that promote long-term, meaningful learning and comprehension. Dr. Karpicke's research has been funded by $2.8 million in grants from the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Karpicke's research is routinely covered in the media (e.g., The Chronicle of Higher Education, Newsweek, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal). He is author of more than 30 publications, including two papers published in Science magazine. Dr. Karpicke is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Karpicke is also recognized as one of the top teachers at Purdue University. He has received four teaching awards at Purdue, including the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in Memory of Charles B. Murphy, the highest teaching award bestowed by the university. He is a Fellow of the Teaching Academy at Purdue University. Also, Dr. Karpicke is director of the Cognition and Learning Laboratory at Purdue University. The laboratory's website is Dr. Karpicke may be reached via email at

Recent advances in the cognitive science of learning have important implications for instructional practices at all levels of education. For example, cognitive research has identified one strategy that promotes complex learning called retrieval practice: Practicing actively reconstructing one's knowledge while studying has potent effects on long-term learning. Yet, when students monitor and regulate their own learning, they often choose to engage in inferior strategies like repetitive reading, and the ultimate consequence is poor learning. This talk provides an overview of Dr. Karpicke's research program on retrieval-based learning. In recent work, they have extended retrieval practice to meaningful learning of complex educational materials, converted existing classroom activities into retrieval-based activities, and developed new computer-based learning methods for implementing retrieval-based learning. Incorporating retrieval practice into educational activities is a powerful way to enhance learning.

Keyword(s): active learning, education, retrieval, stimulus control



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