Goals of the network

Learning approaches with an initial problem-solving phase followed by an instruction phase (short: problem solving prior to instruction, PS-I) have received increasing empirical attention in the last decade. The results from PS-I studies suggest that these instructional designs can improve conceptual understanding and transfer. While there are first attempts of working towards a theory on the underlying learning mechanisms of PS-I, the theoretical foundation is still fragmented. The network pursues three strategies in order to work towards a coherent theory:

  1. Systematizing the PS-I findings
  2. Connecting the PS-I literature to related theories and findings
  3. Testing the theoretical assumptions


Members of the network