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How to promote deep understanding in your classroom

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

How to structure learning to make it sustainable

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

Interview with Matt McCrudden

Associate Professor Matt McCrudden of Penn State University talks to Dr Nina Hood about his research into the science of learning and how teachers can apply the principles of learning science in their classrooms.

Supporting students to develop effective study skills

A guide to help teachers support their students to develop good study habits, use effective learning strategies, and stay motivated while working independently.


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


A brief introduction to memory

A brief introduction to how memory works and its importance to teaching and learning


Schools webinar: Learning trajectory – from shallow to deep to transfer

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

Schools webinar: Powerful teaching – Unleash the Science of Learning in your classroom

COMING UP: 09:00 Saturday 13 March
Dr Patrice Bain will share the valuable experience she has gained from working with cognitive scientists over the past fifteen years

Schools webinar: What is learning by scientific design?

COMING UP: 09:00 Saturday 27 February
Benjamin Riley, the founder of Deans for Impact, will explore how teachers can design learning experiences for students rooted in scientific insight

"Your work is valuable and education is lucky to have your insight, knowledge and courage to try something new. I have found the research that you put up on the Education Hub page very interesting. It is generating a lot of discussion and thought in our staffroom."

Suzanne, Year 3-4 teacher



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

Countering common misconceptions about cognitive perspectives of learning

Exploring some common misconceptions about cognitive perspectives of learning and associated pedagogical practices

Reflections on New Zealand’s Education Delusion

Exploring the key ideas in the recent New Zealand Initiative report on New Zealand's schooling system.

Beyond teaching philosophy: why memory is so important for all learning

Memory and memorisation get rather a bad rap in education. Memorisation frequently is associated with rote learning, students passively listening to lectures, and generally...

Why the learning sciences also need curriculum design and deeper learning

Can focusing too intently on only one area of research unintentionally limit the richness of one's teaching practice?

The research behind our ‘Five Myths’ article

Where does the research behind the 'five myths' actually come from?