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Multimedia aids to problem-solving transfer

International Journal of Educational Research Volume 31, Number 7, ISSN 0883-0355 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


How can students be helped to understand scientific explanations of cause-and-effect systems, such as how a pump works, how the human respiratory system works, or how lightning storms develop? This chapter reviews some encouraging evidence that multimedia learning environments can promote constructivist learning that enables problem-solving transfer. It begins with a description of a multimedia learning scenario, a cognitive theory of multimedia learning, and a set of design principles that lead to constructivist learning. Then, results from more than 40 studies are reviewed. In combination, these studies explore the conditions under which multimedia environments promote problem-solving transfer of scientific and mathematical principles. The concluding section addresses the problem of how multimedia instructional messages can be designed to promote problem-solving transfer.


Mayer, R.E. (1999). Multimedia aids to problem-solving transfer. International Journal of Educational Research, 31(7), 611-623. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved July 15, 2020 from .

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