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Science of learning

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Research reviews

An introduction to cognitive load theory

The implications of cognitive load theory for learning, and how to design instruction to minimise cognitive load and maximise learning.

The role of memory, knowledge and understanding in learning

How the process of learning occurs in the brain and the relationship between memory, understanding and knowledge

Working memory and its role in teaching and learning

The key features of long-term and working memory and how they work together as part of the learning process.

Retrieval practice and its benefits for long-term learning

Retrieval practice is a learning strategy designed to promote consolidation of knowledge through recall over time.

Spaced practice and its role in supporting learning and retention

Spaced or distributed practice is a pedagogical strategy based on cognitive principles of memory formation.

The brain, emotions and learning

An introduction to role of the emotions in the cognitive process of learning.


An introduction to Cognitive Load Theory

Dr Greg Ashman explores what cognitive load theory is and its practical implications for teachers.

Principles of quality teaching and school leadership

Professor Rob Coe discusses his work developing the Great Teaching Toolkit, an evidence-based curriculum for teacher learning, plus tools and instruments to provide feedback for professional development

Making learning stick with retrieval practice

Kate Jones tells us about how to make learning stick, focusing on the benefits of retrieval practice and practical ideas for teachers to ensure classroom practice is based on relevant research evidence

What is learning by scientific design?

Benjamin Riley, the founder of Deans for Impact, explores how teachers can design learning experiences for students rooted in scientific insight

Learning trajectory – from shallow to deep to transfer

Dr Jared Cooney Horvath explores how humans take in, embody, and utilize new information and ideas

Unleash the Science of Learning in your classroom

Patrice Bain shares the valuable experience she has gained from working with cognitive scientists over the past fifteen years


Learning and our emotions infographic

Discover the ways our emotions affect our learning, and how to design the classroom with emotions in mind

Memory infographic

Learn how different levels of memory are developed and what influences how we retain information


Making learning stick with retrieval practice

The key insights and strategies from Kate Jones' webinar on using retrieval practice to promote deep learning.

6 principles of learning from Benjamin Riley

6 principles from the learning sciences research to support effective teaching

The Learning Trajectory: Key insights from Dr Jared Cooney Horvath’s webinar

What teachers need to know about how we learn and what it means for their practice
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