Project PREDICT

Prediction Generation as a Tool to Activate Children’s Prior Knowledge and Improve Learning

This project evaluates the potential of asking students to generate predictions to improve their learning. Further, it investigates the mechanisms that determine its success and asks whether there are age-related differences in its effectiveness.

Project Description
PREDICT evaluates the potential of asking students to generate predictions to improve their learning. It further investigates the mechanisms that determine its success. More specifically, several plausible candidate mechanism are investigated and compared, including enhanced curiosity and surprise. Changes in these learning-related emotions induced by making a prediction are assessed using pupillometry. Furthermore, it is investigated whether there are age-related differences in the effectiveness of student-generated predictions for improving learning. The overarching goal of this project is to attain a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying the effectiveness of student-generated predictions. Knowledge of these mechanisms shall be used to guide testing of this method in real classrooms using technological devices.

Principal Investigators
Garvin Brod
Marcus Hasselhorn

Project Team
Jasmin Breitwieser
Elena Galeano-Weber
Maria Theobald

Collaborators
Elizabeth BonawitzRutgers University
Silvia BungeUniversity of California
Dietsje Jolles, Leiden University

Funding
German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – DFG)
Jacobs Foundation

PREDICT is part of the IDeA Research Center