How Problem Solving Aids Education

You may have heard about Australia’s PISA results last year – no, we’re not talking about that Leaning Tower. The Programme for International Student Assessment tests evaluate educational systems across the world, and Australia’s declining results prompted a lot of conversation on how we can improve our kids’ learning.


Some, like our Federal Minister for Education Dan Tehan, have said we need to go ‘back to basics’, while others have pointed out that PISA tests are focused on ‘problem solving’ and therefore that’s what we need more of in schools.

Should we prioritise one over the other? To answer that, Professor Andrew J. Martin, Scientia Professor and Professor of Educational Psychology from UNSW, joined The Daily to talk about an approach called load reduction instruction.

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