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High Impact Teaching Strategy (HITS): Worked Examples

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26/02/2021
A worked example is a demonstration of the steps required to complete a task or solve a problem. By scaffolding the learning, worked examples support skill acquisition and reduce the cognitive load for learners. Worked examples are effective in demonstrating what success looks like, and how to achieve success. This reduces the cognitive load for students by helping them to focus on the process required to complete a task or find the solution to a problem. Research demonstrates that worked examples are most effective when the teacher explicitly teaches the steps taken to complete the worked example, and when learners use self-explanations to describe the steps to themselves and others.

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