Research Now—Using self-explanation prompts to improve student performance


Research has shown that the most successful students generate self-explanations as they study new material. This book chapter reviews research on self-explanations and explores how to prompt students to use this effective technique in a variety of classroom situations.

Chiu, J.L., & Chi, M.T.H. (2014). Supporting Self-Explanation in the Classroom. In V.A. Benassi, C.E. Overson, & C.M. Hakala (Eds.). Applying science of learning in education: Infusing psychological science into the curriculum. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site:

Research Now brings together faculty members interested in discussing current research in the area of teaching and learning in higher education. Each monthly meeting will feature a new research article that addresses a current topic or issue in this area. All faculty are welcome to attend and propose articles for discussion.

Registration is preferred but not required.