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Creating an action research plan

To help with planning your action research we’ve provided a template to structure your project. Use the comments below if you need support in completing this template. We’d like you …

Taking the research forward

Sometimes research may be new and there are not many other points of reference to support or contradict what we are being told. One way of seeing if something is …

Getting started with action research

Action research is a way to make changes to your professional practice informed by evidence and reflection. Action research should have a specific issue in mind that you wish to …

Finding and accessing research

Throughout this course we have made reference to several pieces of research, but where do you go to find research which is relevant to the classroom and how do you …

Now you know your EBC

Engage, build, consolidate. We’ve represented learning through these three processes, but we emphasise this does not lead towards a three-step lesson or activity plan. Instead, you can use the EBC …

Teaching with an awareness of plasticity

If we know that the brain is plastic, and that teachers are in a position to shape their students’ understanding of what learning is, then teachers can influence students’ self-perceptions. …

Resilience

Students’ core beliefs about learning influence their response to challenge, and they benefit from the belief that ability comes about through effort rather than being fixed. This can increase students’ …

Plasticity and our ability to learn

Education requires a vast amount of information to be committed to memory, and this type of information first arrives at the hippocampus where it is converted into a form for …

The plastic brain

Our brains change in response to experience, and in the video Paul explains that this ‘plasticity’ means that there is no biologically defined limit to what we can achieve. The …

Disruption of sleep

The importance for humans of sleep for the consolidation stage has also been demonstrated by researchers interested in children’s learning. For example, adolescent sleep often suffers from technology use. In …

Creating different representations

Recent neuroimaging research suggests that repeatedly retrieving information causes it to be represented in the brain in different ways, essentially connecting it with different meanings, so making it easier to …