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Using Cognitive Flexibility Theory to Teach History

This is a course aimed at teaching college history instructors the merits and uses of cognitive flexibility theory. In particular, the focus is on the use of technology and cognitive flexibility theory when teaching/learning history in the college classroom.

Key Words

Cognitive Flexibility Theory, Cogntivist, History, College, Technology

Who is the learner here?

  • College instructors (although any instructor could use this information as a spring board)
  • History instructors (again, the information could feed ideas to instructors of other disciplines)
  • Cognitivists

Performance Objectives

ONE: (situation) Using this wiki course, the learner will be able to (LCV) adopt (object) cognitive flexibility theory when (action) teaching college-level American history.

TWO: (LCV) Adopt (object) cognitive flexibility theory when (action) helping students make connections in the ill-structured domain of the college-level history classroom.

Supportive Prerequisites

  • Understanding of learning theories, schema, and instructional design elements
  • Attitude: constructivist

Essential Prerequisites

  • Understanding of constructivist theories
  • Attitude: Openness to new learning and instructional theories

Instructional Curriculum Map

File:TC Curriculum Map1.doc

Unit Learning Objectives

The learning objectives are organized to get the learner acquainted first with general terminology and ideas before moving into more complicated ideas. The last step is to put these ideas into action. By doing this, the progress through the course goes from simple to more complicated and finally to a fruition of ideas already learned.


  • Background
  • Leading Theorists

Unit One

  • Essentials of an Online Course
  • CFT and Online Learning

Unit Two

  • Epistemic Beliefs

Unit Three

  • CFT and History
  • History as an ill-sturctured domain

Unit Four

  • Practical application of CFT



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