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Dual coding theory in the Classroom: An exploration of teacher’s perspectives across two English primary schools

Written by: William Payne
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William Payne, Master of Education Student, University of Derby, UK Paivio (1971) identifies dual coding theory (DCT) as the use of visual stimuli alongside language-based input, utilising the brain’s cognitive capabilities to support memory and information processing. However, Clark and Paivio (1991) apply the theory specifically to the context of education and identify its applications to the classroom, supporting children in storing, retrieving and understanding a concept. More recently, Weinstein et al. (2018) have outlined the positive impact that strategies based on DCT can have when used by teachers to support memory and learning. Caviglioli (2019) provides further insight into this and advocates its application through the use of pictures, videos, graphic organisers, drawings and diagrams. This research explored DCT in the context of primary education, providing an insight into teachers’ perceptions of the approach.  Research approach This phenomenological study is situ

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