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The Education Table Podcast

Episode 2 Too Many Choices! The Ideal Number of Options to Offer Learners

In this episode of The Education Table with Katie Novak, we’ll tackle the question: When designing instruction for our learners (our students, our staff, etc.), just how much choice is too much? We’ll explore the consequences of offering too many choices and delve into the psychology and research behind the statistics as we outline the ideal number of choices to provide to our learners. Additionally, we’ll share strategies to enhance learning outcomes.

This episode is perfect for those seeking to create flexible, inclusive learning environments while avoiding the pitfalls of choice paralysis. We'll include strategies for supporting students who may struggle with visual processing, decoding grade-level text, and multilingual learners.

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Too Many Choices!? The Ideal Number of Options to Offer Learners



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Additional learning options:
- View the episode transcript (pdf)
- Read the episode blog


Additional Resources to Explore:

  • Iyengar, S. S., & Lepper, M. R. (2000). When choice is demotivating: Can one desire too much of a good thing? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 79(6), 995–1006.
  • Patall E.A., Cooper, H. & Robinson, J.C. (2008). The effects of choice on intrinsic motivation and related outcomes: a meta-analysis of research findings. Psychology Bulletin 134(2):270-300.
  • Schwartz, B. (2009). Incentives, Choice, Education and Well-Being. Oxford Review of Education, 35(3): 391-403.

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