Saturday, January 12 • 9:00am - 11:00am
The Science of Learning Part I & II REPEATED (47)

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This session provides a brief overview of what Cognitive Science tells us about how pupils learn (in the context of Science education). It's two part session
  • Part I (first hour) focusses on Working Memory and Cognitive Load Theory. Understanding Working Memory (and it's limitations) allows us to craft lessons that reduce unnecessary cognitive load, increasing the chance of pupils understanding and remembering what you're teaching. 
  • Part II (second hour) focusses on Long-Term Memory. Learning is defined as a change in Long-Term Memory. Understanding how pupils encode and retrieve information from long-term memory allows us to craft lessons that reduce the chance of pupils forgetting crucial knowledge and also reduce the burden on Working Memory when pupils are encountering new information or solving problems.
Although these sessions look at the theories provided by Cognitive Science, the focus is very much on their practical application in the Science classroom.
Although this session is timetabled as 2 hours, please feel free to attend just the first hour, or just the second hour, or both!

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Bob Pritchard

Lead Practitioner, St John Plessington Catholic College
Physics teacher and Lead Practitioner at St John Plessington Catholic College. CSciTeach and Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. Interested in evidence-informed practice, cognitive science and its role in effective Science teaching.

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Saturday January 12, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
Nuffield G13