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The philosophy of the CSP is based upon the research findings of cognitive and educational psychology. The principles which have the most direct applicability are:
The goal of instruction is to promote independent, self-directed learning that continues across the life span.
Students are active, constructive learners, not passive recipients of information.
Learning with understanding is a generative process in which students reformulate information to achieve deeper meaning.
Instruction in efficient cognitive processing strategies and self regulatory skills can be effective in increasing students' control of their learning.