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Thoughts and principles: often claiming to be the 3 rules for something

By Steve Draper,   Department of Psychology,   University of Glasgow.

This is the entry and index page for a new wee project of mine: collecting sets of principles or best points about things, mainly educational things. A single combined page for convenient printing is here.


  • Laurillard's 12 activities for learning/teaching
  • Rowntree's 17 proposals for better HE assessment
  • Bloom's taxonomy. And whose you should use instead.

  • My most favourite papers

    To be considered

  • Activism: the connection between doing and learning
  • The three types of knowledge in chemistry
  • The cost-quality triangle / quadrilateral
  • Roy Tasker's hierarchy of learning and objects
  • The three underlying causes of learning
  • The three unrelated tasks of teaching
  • Curriculum and syllabus
  • triad 1: The three parts of learning a new practice
  • triad 2: See one, do one, teach one. Also the Dojo structure for teaching and learning.
  • triad 3: Reading, discussing, writing
  • Bug-fixing: Beyond triad3
  • Teaching and learning: their nature in pictures
  • A rare example when pictures actually are worth more than words
  • Quantitative vs. Qualitative

  • 7 principles for good practice in undergraduate education (Chickering & Gamson)   Link to set of links on such principles
  • 7 principles of good feedback practice (Nicol)     Gibbs' 4 more conditions
  • N.B. a page collecting rival sets of principles related to assessment and feedback
  • 12 principles by Romer for quality in undergraduate education
  • IUPUI (Indiana / Purdue) 6 principles of undergraduate learning (actually, learning aims, not methods for promoting learning).
  • 4 top principles by Brenda Smith for quality in undergraduate education
  • Gee's principles of good learning
  • FoxFire: 11 core practices for active learning
  • 9? Alex Johnstone
  • General educational rules
  • VLEs: best and worst features
  • Informal learning Jim McColl? CMU and childhood / hobby learning.
  • Creativity
  • RCT trial designs: summary of the gold standard and near-misses

  • Educational jokes     Other jokes     ludicrosity     visual     Stats Jokes
  • Thoughts for the day


  • Interactive periodic tables Interactive periodic table     Old ptable     Benfey's alternative layout     WikiP's list     Database of alternatives
  • Citation systems
  • Scale of everything     Alternative version
  • Gibson, Affordance, my points
  • How many senses do humans have? (Olfaction) (plus of course, the sense of humour)
  • 14 basic points about colour
  • Positive psychology, public mental health
  • Patient experience, medical education, public health
  • S-shaped curve for uptake of innovations
  • Wisdom
  • Correlation and causation
  • Effect size
  • Stats Jokes
  • Proving there really is no difference
  • Ordinal etc.
  • The best online medical advice
  • The pros and cons of making mistakes
  • On the cruelty of really teaching computing science
  • Golden Mean (Aristotelian) scales vs. unipolar, ... e.g. Personality scales

    Small rather than best, notes

  • Web2.0
  • wikipedia
  • Answer Gardens mark 2
  • Dimensions and senses of Reflection
  • 5/4/12 stages/steps of grief, addiction, dealing with new ideas
  • PDP e-portfolios: This page has been replaced by: this one
  • Sets of Dispositions to actions


  • Anti-best: 50 poor theories of learning

  • Dale's cone

  • newPage

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