The roles of executive functions in learning from multiple representations and perspectives

D. Jake Follmer, Rayne A. Sperling

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Abstract

Executive functions serve an integral role in varied learning processes and outcomes. Yet, the study of the contributions of core executive functions to learners' effective integration and comprehension of multiple inputs reflects an underexplored area of inquiry. The primary aims of this chapter were to discuss and delineate the roles of executive functions in learners' integration of multiple representations and perspectives. After conceptualizing executive function, we propose key executive processes theoretically supported in the integration of multiple representations and texts. We then summarize critical task, text and source, and learner factors likely to impact learners' interactions with multiple inputs. We conclude the chapter by extending recommendations and considerations to augment the study of executive functions in the integration of multiple representations and perspectives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Learning from Multiple Representations and Perspectives
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages297-313
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780429813665
ISBN (Print)9780367001179
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)

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