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Online course

The Science of Learning

Discover the scientific research about learning and apply it in your classroom to help you teach STEM subjects.

The Science of Learning

Improve your teaching by discussing the science of learning

What is learning? How does it work? On this course you try and answer these questions, exploring how you can use the science of learning to inform your teaching and support your students’ learning.

Drawing upon educational neuroscience and psychology (and combating neuroscience myths), you will learn how to interpret research to be better informed about how your students learn. Throughout the course, you will reflect on your own practice as a teacher, learning how to justify and improve your approach.

What topics will you cover?

  • Learning to learn: introduction to the science of learning, busting myths and helping you use research to inform your classroom practice.
  • Engagement for learning
  • Construction of learning
  • Consolidation of learning
  • Plasticity of the brain
  • Becoming an action researcher

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explore how the science of learning applies to your classroom to provide insight into how your students learn and their learning potential
  • Develop your approach to engaging students with their learning
  • Apply an understanding of what is happening in the brain to improve your students’ longer term memory and retrieval of knowledge
  • Discuss and articulate your teaching and learning choices with your colleagues
  • Engage in action research and collaborate with researchers in the science of learning

Who is the course for?

This course is for teachers, NQT, RQT in primary, secondary and FE STEM subjects. Teaching assistants, tutors and ITT may also benefit, though the course will be framed within teaching classroom contexts. You will need recent classroom experience to benefit from the reflective activities on this course.

Who will you learn with?

Karen Hornby

I taught science for ten years and was Head of Science for three years, before becoming a subject specialist at the National STEM Learning Centre.

Rachel Jackson

Primary Specialist for ESERO-UK supporting teachers to access high quality CPD and resources which use space as context for learning across the curriculum.

Tim Jay

Professor of Psychology of Education at Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University. I take an interdisciplinary approach to research young children's mathematics learning.

Who developed the course?

The National STEM Learning Centre provides world-class professional development activities and resources to support the teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

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