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Cognitive load theory is a theory of how the human brain learns and stores knowledge. It was recently described by British educationalist Dylan Wiliam as 'the single most important thing for teachers to know'. Grounded in a robust evidence base, cognitive load theory provides theoretical and empirical support for explicit models of instruction.

CESE's Cognitive load theory audio paper describes:
• what cognitive load theory is
• types of cognitive load
• recommendations for the classroom based on the cognitive load evidence base.