The schema theory was one of the leading cognitivist learning theories and was introduced by Bartlett in 1932 and further developed in the ’70s by Richard Anderson. Bartlett advanced this concept to provide a basis for a temporal alternative to traditional spatial storage theories of memory, since schema theory describes the way knowledge is acquired, processed and cerebrally organized.

This latest session in UTO Training’s ongoing series on Instructional Design Theory and its application will discuss the structure of schema theory, the four key elements of schema theory, the practical aspects of the theory and the way schema theory has been applied in various ways within learning and instructional design. For questions about this training contact Chris Lee at and check out the ASU UTO website for upcoming workshops and studio hours at: