For our second assignment this week, we were asked to select two journals and/or websites related to brain science and review them on our blogs. As a former scientist, I decided to explore some scientific journals in the area of educational psychology and instructional design so that I can get information that I can be relatively sure is creditable, rather than relying on websites which can have variable accuracy. I chose three journals for this assignment: Instructional Science, Journal of Educational Psychology, and Educational Psychologist.
Instructional Science, which has been in publication since 1972, is focused on instructional design for learners of all ages in formal and informal learning contexts. The journal also has a mix of technologically based and non-technologically based articles. According to their website, the journal “promotes a deeper understanding of the nature, theory, and practice of learning and of environments in which learning occurs” (N.A., n.d.a). Some recent articles in this journal include an investigation into eye tracking while learners examine science illustrations, an examination of the effect of multimedia on cognitive load, and analysis of whether incorporating problem solving prior to instruction improves learning. I feel that with the mix of types of articles and the varying focus of each article would provide an instructional designer with a good amount of knowledge of the current best practices in instructional design. I also like that there are articles devoted to specific types of instruction, such as math or science.
Journal of Educational Psychology is focused on psychological research about learners of all ages and abilities. Some recent articles in this journal include an analysis of the benefits of peer collaboration during problem solving, an investigation into the effects of verbal cues on how learners process visuals, and an examination of how learners learn math when verbal versus visuospatial working memory is activated. I feel that the high level psychological articles presented in this journal would provide an instructional designer excellent knowledge of how the brain and aspects of learning affect learners. Following some reflection on the articles, this can then be translated into instructional design features by the instructional designer.
Educational Psychologist is focused on psychological research in a wide range of areas. These areas include teaching methods as well as educational concepts. Some recent articles in this journal include an investigation into the effects of digital games on learning using a constructivist viewpoint, an examination of the effects of gender on working memory usage, and an analysis of the use of learning goals even when used for self-directed learning. I feel that the interesting areas of research that are often grouped together in themed issues would help an instructional designer understand the root aspects of how their learners learn. As with the Journal of Educational Psychology, the instructional designer could reflect on these articles in order to understand how to better design courses.
All three of these journals have excellent information regarding the brain and information processing and their relation to learning. With access to these journals through the Walden University Library, I hope to keep up to date on this important area of study throughout my time at Walden.
N.A. (n.d.a) Instructional Science: an international journal of the learning sciences. Retrieved from
N.A. (n.d.b.) Journal of Educational Psychology. Retrieved from
N.A. (n.d.c) Educational Psychologist. Retrieved from