Short vs. Long: Cognitive Load, Retention and Changing Class Structures
Education Economics. doi: 10.1080/09645292.2017.1305099
Posted: 4 Jul 2016 Last revised: 3 May 2018
Date Written: 2017
University class structure is changing. To accommodate working students, programmes are increasing their offerings of long night classes – some lasting as long as six hours. While these long classes may be more convenient for students, they have unintended consequences as a result of cognitive load (Van Merrienboer and Sweller, 2005). Using a panel of 124 students (372 observations) and a differencing approach that controls for student characteristics, we show that long classes reduce student exam performance by approximately one-half letter grade (significant at the 5% level).
Keywords: Cognitive Load, Class Structure, Retention
JEL Classification: A22, A23, A20
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