Oliver was a special school head teacher for a decade before becoming a trainer and author. During his decades in special schools he learned the behavioural analysis taught by educational psychologists and used the design education he received at home from his architect father, to create a range of visual teaching strategies. He has continued this pursuit by becoming an information designer and helping authors gain a wider readership through illustration and book design. His own book — Dual Coding With Teachers — was praised by professor Paul Kirschner as being “a monumental work”. It’s certainly different and represents his quest to ‘magazinify’ educational books.
Dual coding with teachers
There are two major reasons why dual coding works in the classroom. One it addresses the problem of the vanishing words in teacher explanations, and, two, it offers an easier route to understanding meaning than words alone. We will both experience what this feels like, as well as learn the research behind these situations. Then, a solution. I will teach the participants a topic that is unfamiliar to them such that they will demonstrate perfect recall by virtue of a sequence of activities based around peer explanation and embodied cognition.