I have a piece in the Guardian, ‘The science of learning: five classic studies‘. Here’s the intro:
A few classic studies help to define the way we think about the science of learning. A classic study isn’t classic just because it uncovered a new fact, but because it neatly demonstrates a profound truth about how we learn – often at the same time showing up our unjustified assumptions about how our minds work.
My picks for five classics of learning were:
- Bartlett’s “War of the Ghosts”
- Skinner’s operant conditioning
- work on dissociable memory systems by Larry Squire and colleagues
- de Groot’s studies of expertise in chess grandmasters, and ….
- Anders Ericcson’s work on deliberate practice (of ‘ten thousands hours’ fame)
Obviously, that’s just my choice (and you can read my reasons in the article). Did I choose right? Or is there a classic study of learning I missed? Answers in the comments.