Resources for Educators

There is a growing body of research in cognitive science, developmental psychology, and educational psychology on science of learning research relevant to formal and informal learning.  Below are resources on the application of science of learning research and theory to education.  Have a question about science of learning research and education?  Please contact Dr. Kristin Gagnier.  

Applying Science of Learning to the K-12 Classroom:

Benassi, V. A., Overson, C. E., & Hakala, C. M. (2014). Applying science of learning in education: Infusing psychological science into the curriculum. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site: http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/asle2014/ index.php

Daniel, D. B. (2012). Promising principles: Translating the science of learning to educational practice. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 1(4), 251-253.  doi:10.1016/j.jarmac.2012.10.004

Mayer, R. E. (2012). Advances in applying the science of learning to education: An historical perspective. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 1(4), 249-250.  doi:10.1016/j.jarmac.2012.10.001

Gagnier, K., M. and Fisher, K., R. (2016).  Spatial Thinking:  A Missing Building Block in STEM Education.  Johns Hopkins University Institute for Education Policy Commentary, July, 2016.  

Newcombe, N. S. (2010). Picture this: Increasing math and science learning by improving spatial thinking. American Educator, 34(2), 29.

Newcombe, N. S. (2013). Seeing relationships: Using spatial thinking to teach science, mathematics, and social Studies. American Educator, 37(1), 26.

Pashler, H., Bain, P., Bottge, B., Graesser, A., Koedinger, K., McDaniel, M., and Metcalfe, J. (2007) Organizing instruction and study to improve student learning (NCER 2007-2004). Washington, DC: National Center for Education Research, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved from http://ncer.ed.gov.

Piasta, S. B. (2016), Current Understandings of What Works to Support the Development of Emergent Literacy in Early Childhood Classrooms. Child Development Perspectives. doi:10.1111/cdep.12188

Roediger, H. L., & Pyc, M. A. (2012). Inexpensive techniques to improve education: Applying cognitive psychology to enhance educational practice. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 1(4), 242-248. doi:10.1016/j.jarmac.2012.09.002

Roediger, H. L. (2013). Applying cognitive psychology to education:  Translational educational science. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 14(1), 1-3.  doi: 10.1177/1529100612454415

Siegler, R., Carpenter, T., Fennell, F., Geary, D., Lewis, J., Okamoto, Y., Thompson, L., & Wray, J. (2010). Developing effective fractions instruction for kindergarten through 8th grade: A practice guide (NCEE #2010-4039). Washington, DC: National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved from whatworks.ed.gov/ publications/practiceguides. 

Applying Science of Learning to the University Classroom:

Deslauriers, L., Schelew, E., & Wieman, C. (2011). Improved learning in a large-enrollment physics class. Science, 332(6031), 862-864.  doi: 10.1126/science.1201783

Halpern, D. F., & Hakel, M. D. (2003). Applying the science of learning to the university and beyond: Teaching for long-term retention and transfer. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 35(4), 36-41.  doi:10.1080/00091380309604109

Wieman, C. (2007). Why not try a scientific approach to science education? Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 39(5), 9-15.  doi:10.3200/CHNG.39.5.9-15

Visual Learning Styles:

Pashler, H., McDaniel, M., Rohrer, D., & Bjork, R. (2008). Learning styles concepts and evidence. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 9(3), 105-119.  doi: 10.1111/j.1539-6053.2009.01038.x

Riener, C., & Willingham, D. (2010). The myth of learning styles. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 42(5), 32-35.  doi:10.1080/00091383.2010.503139

Mindsets and Education:

Dweck, C. S. (2010). Mind-sets. Principal Leadership, 10(5), 26-29.

Yeager, D. S., & Dweck, C. S. (2012). Mindsets that promote resilience: When students believe that personal characteristics can be developed. Educational Psychologist, 47(4), 302-314.  doi:10.1080/00461520.2012.722805

* This page will be updated periodically with new resources.