Professors of cognitive psychology, Yana Weinstein, Megan Smith and Cindy Woolridge have pledged to work at bringing the research from their laboratories to teachers’ attention. For this reason, they teamed up and formed the Learning Scientists.
Quite by chance, I ended up visualising some of their early work on retrieval practice (see the post here). As a bit of an aside — and an interesting challenge — I did some data visualisation of a meta study on cognitive interventions for those with Alzheimer’s.
This was then followed by visualising the results of a questionaire, on Twitter, about how teachers get their information about how students learn.
And, in between, I did some exploratory work with Dr Yana Weinstein and a Harvard professor on his research into mind wandering.
This growing number of joint projects set us up perfectly for the expanding, and now global, project on the top six strategies, from cognitive psychology, on how students best learn, culminating in posters, PowerPoint slides, book marks and stickers. All these can be accessed, for free, here.
The posters have been translated into Dutch, French, German, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Korean, with plenty of other languages coming out soon. Here is one of the Korean posters.
Our latest project, in which master story-teller, Ian Harris, joined us for a major collaborative venture — creating six teacher HOW2s on the Six Strategies for Effective Learning.
They’re not quite finished yet, but at the time of writing, two are complete and ready to see in the HOW2 library. If you’re not a HOW2 subscriber and would like to access these powerful HOW2s, then sign up at teachinghow2s.com/cogsci (here).
Here’s the opening slide of the retrieval practice PowerPoint document.