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swell out

To bulge or protrude outward. The spot on his head swelled out where he had been hit by the baseball. After the flooding, the walls in the basement began swelling out with excess moisture.
See also: out, swell

swell up

1. To become large, inflated, or bulging. The girl's arm swelled up where the bee had stung her. The balloon began swelling up with hot air.
2. To become full to capacity (with some emotion). I swelled up with pride after the boss complimented my work. It's so nice seeing all those students swelling up with happiness as they cross the stage and receive their diplomas.
See also: swell, up

have a swelled head

To be conceited, arrogant, or self-aggrandizing. Cheryl has such a big head on her, all she ever talks about is herself. Janice has had a bit of a big head ever since she got that promotion.
See also: have, head, swell

swell with

1. To become inflated or bulging with something. The girl's arm swelled with fluid as a result of the injury. The balloon began swelling with hot air.
2. To become filled with some emotion. I swelled with pride after the boss complimented my work. It's so nice seeing all those students swelling with happiness as they cross the stage and receive their diplomas.
See also: swell


old-fashioned Very nice; excellent. That's a swell idea, Frank. Thanks for the books, Mom, they're swell!

swell out

to bulge outward; to expand outward. The sides of the box swelled out because it was too full. The west wall of the garage swelled out just before the building collapsed.
See also: out, swell

swell up

to enlarge; to inflate; to bulge out. I struck my thumb with a hammer and it swelled up something awful.
See also: swell, up

swell with something

1. Lit. to expand from a particular cause. My knee joints swelled with arthritis, His nose swelled after it was struck by the door.
2. Fig. to seem to swell with a feeling such as pride. His chest swelled with pride at the thought of his good performance. Ted swelled with pride at the announcement.
See also: swell

*swelled head

Fig. a state of being conceited. (Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) John got a swelled head after he won the prize. Don't get a swelled head from all this success.
See also: head, swell

swelled head, have a

Be conceited, as in Winning all those prizes has not given her a swelled head, at least not yet. This idiom began as be swellheaded, first recorded in 1817. The present form dates from about 1860. For a synonym see big head.
See also: have, swell

swell up

1. To become swollen: I put ice on my injured ankle so that it wouldn't swell up.
2. To become filled, as with pride, arrogance, or anger: The new parents swelled up with pride.
3. To rise or surge from an inner source: After I was fired unjustly, rage swelled up within me.
See also: swell, up


mod. fine; excellent. (Also sarcastic use.) Where did you get that swell hat?

swelled head, to have a

To be conceited. The image conveyed is that of having one’s self-importance augment one’s head size. The term dates from the nineteenth century. J. J. Cooper used it with appropriate disgust (Simon Suggs’ Adventures, 1845): “They’re all a pack of d——d swell-heads.”
See also: have, swell
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CHANDLER, Paul y SWELLER, John (1991): Cognitive load theory and the format of instruction.
Diversos estudios que han puesto de manifiesto que cuando la informacion es redundante los resultados empeoran (Bobis, Sweller & Cooper, 1993; Carroll, 1990; Mayer et al.
In one of the many responses to Kirschner, Sweller, & Clark (2006), Strobel & van Barneveld (2009) offer an informative challenge to the specific claim that PBL is unsuccessful and ineffective for learning.
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Research conducted by Mayer and others (Mayer, 2001; Mayer & Anderson, 1991; Mayer & Anderson, 1992; Mayer & Moreno, 1998; Moreno & Mayer, 2000; Moreno & Mayer, 2004; Sweller, 2005) reveals that multimedia learning environments present unique challenges and design of multimedia educational material should be carefully considered.
This is in accordance with the cognitive load theory (John Sweller, 1988, 2005) which states that there are three types of cognitive loads:
This durable insight has been applied to classroom instruction over the years in a number of ways, largely under the rubric of "active learning" or "learning by teaching" techniques (Bonwell & Eison, 1991; Bruner, 1961; Gagne, 1966; Kirschner, Sweller, & Clark, 1991; Martin, 1992; Mayer, 2004).
Humans' limited working memory and our difficulty in processing more than three chunks of information simultaneously are considered important variables that impact the effectiveness of teaching, learning, and expert performance (Kalyuga & Sweller, 2005).
Research (Owen & Sweller, 1985; Sweller, Mawer, & Ward, 1983) suggests differences in ability to solve mathematical problems between novices and experts in physics lies in their development of solution schemas.
Kirschner, Sweller and Clark (2006) conclude that fifty years of empirical data does not support active learning methods used early in the learning process.
The CTML is grounded in the cognitive load theory (CLT; Chandler & Sweller, 1991) and the dual processing theory (DPT; Paivio, 1986).
Sweller (1994) investigated extraneous cognitive load that could be imposed by the format of worked problems in the domain of geometry.
This result can be explained using cognitive load theory (Leahy, Cooper and Sweller 2004, Sweller, Merrienboer and Paas 1998), which elucidates that interesting and emotional elements in a text may require a significant part of the capacity of working memory and, therefore, the processing of the main content of the text is disturbed.