Sunday, 11 February 2018

Researchers and teachers discuss the science of learning

Calling all teachers – check out the Science of Learning Zone and speak to researchers about the latest scientific findings.

The Wellcome Trust funded Science of Learning Zone is a place for researchers and educators to discuss the science of learning. The event is running from January until June, and each fortnight features a new set of scientists with expertise in a given topic area.

This fortnight, the topic is Early Development. The Zone features some introductory text for each topic. In Early Development, the text covers the development of reading, writing and basic mathematics skills. The Ask function allows teachers to pose questions to the scientists, and weekly hour-long live chats enable more in depth discussions in a forum style chat.

An easy way to get involved is to simply browse the questions that have already been asked, and read the responses and comments given.


This fantastic event is part of the Wellcome Trust Education and Neuroscience initiative.


This post first appeared on the NPJ Science of Learning community.

Monday, 15 January 2018

The academic disadvantage of being born in the summer

I have written a new blog post for the NPJ Science of Learning community about the academic disadvantage of being born in the summer. Find out what the evidence is and what we could do about it here.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Do our genes determine learning ability?

I have written a new blog post for the npj Science of Learning community about the role of genes in education. You can read the piece here.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

IMBES Pre-Conference: Using Insight From Research to Improve Education

A paper that I co-wrote with Lia Commissar has been published in the journal Mind, Brain, and Education. Lia is Project Manager of the Education and Neuroscience initiative at the Wellcome Trust, and organised the pre-conference at the 2016 IMBES conference. This paper summarises the pre-conference, and elaborates on how those in the field might move the field forward.

The paper is freely available here.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Calling science of learning researchers!

Would you like to be involved in a public engagement activity where you can talk to teachers about your research online?

Click here to find out more about this exciting opportunity!

Fourth post on BOLD blog - brain training for children

My latest post for the Blog on Learning and Development has gone live! This post is the fourth in my mini-series on evidence in the classroom, and considers whether brain training for children can have any impact in the classroom. You can read the post here.

My first post, on bringing scientific evidence in the classroom, introduces educational neuroscience and can be found here.

My second post, on neuromyths in education, can be found here.

My third post, on identifying what works in education, can be found here.

Stay tuned - my next post will be about mindsets in education.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Third post on BOLD blog - randomised control trials

My latest blog post has appeared on the BOLD blog, on the topic of randomised control trials (RCT) in education. In this post I introduce the concept of an RCT in the classroom, and consider the challenges of this approach.

You can read the post here.

My first post, an introduction to educational neuroscience, can be found here, and my second post on neuromyths in education can be found here.

Monday, 16 October 2017

EARLI SIG 22 Neuroscience and Education conference

The fifth biennial EARLI SIG22 Neuroscience and Education conference will take place from Monday 4th to Wednesday 6th June 2018, in central London hosted by the Wellcome Trust.

I am very excited to be on the organising committee for this conference, and we have a really exciting programme planned. Keynotes include Paul Howard-Jones, Heidi Johansen-Berg, and Robert Plomin. We have also planned plenty of time for discussion of new ideas and issues in the field.

We have just opened up abstract submission for poster presentations, which will be open until 8th January 2018.

Find out more about the call for abstracts and the conference here.