Organizations, Institutes and Blogs

Learning 2.0 – a website and blog by Dr. Chan Chan Kulatunga-Moruzi , clear and concise explanation of cognitive principles and strategies for teachers, parents and students

Retrieval Practice – a site by Cognitive Scientist Dr. Pooja Agarwal about retrieval practice, lot’s of practical information, resources and links.

Taking Learning Seriously – The science of learning for college teachers by prof. Bill Cerbin: Learning guides, teaching tools, multimedia resources

The Learning Scientists – a site and blog by cognitive psychologists who work to improve education by advocating science-based learning strategies.

List of articles by prof. Daniel T Willingham – the science behind cognitive processes and implications for teaching and learning.

Deans for Impact – The Science of Learning resources list

Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education. (2015). Top 20 principles from psychology for preK-12 teaching and learning. American Psychological Association.

Prof. Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI) at UBC – Rich collection of scientific resources and practical guides to transform and improve STEM undergraduate classrooms. Lots to explore, but you can start with this Course Transformation Guide.

Recommended Collections of Resources:

Resources for Quality Development by Sara Hjelm, a rich collection of papers, blogs, web-sites and videos .

Useful bits and pieces for evidence informed teaching by Adam Boxer, incredibly rich collection about every aspect of evidence informed teaching.

Visual Clarity website by Oliver Caviglioli, illustrating the research-education space: books summaries, lectures’ sketch-notes, presentation.


Improving students learning from Lecture by Cerbin, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, 2018 (link via Taking Learning Seriously)

Practice tests, spaced practice, and successive relearning: Tips for classroom use and for guiding students’ learning. by Dunlosky,& Rawson, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, 2015.

Teaching the Science of Learning by Weinstein, Madan and Sumeracki, Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 2018

Learning Strategies that Work and that Doesn’t by Dunlosky, Rawson, Marsh, Nathan and Willingham, Scientific American Mind, 2013

Principles of Instruction: Research-Based Strategies That All Teachers Should Know by Rosenshine, American educator ,2012

Applying science of learning in education: Infusing psychological science into the curriculum.‏ by Benassi, Overson & Hakala,(2014).

Video Lectures:

McMaster Symposium on Education and Cognition – Check out videos to learn straight from the researchers

ResearchED youtube channel – Lectures by Teachers, scientists and policy makers on the interaction of research and education.

ResearchED on Swedish TV – Lectures by leading members from the ResearchED community, recorded in Sweden from 2016 to 2019

Retrieval Practice

Retrieval Practice – a site by Pooja K Agarwal (PhD) useful and practical information for using retrieval in the classroom, including a downloadable teachers’ guide.

Retrieval Practice – Benefits, Challenges, and Helpful Ideas (See also Part 2) By Megan Smith and Yana Weinstein, in ‘The Learning Scientists‘ wonderful site.

The Illusion of Competence – when you think you are learning effectively, but actually you are not. some great tips.

Retrieval Practice: The Most Powerful Learning Strategy You’re Not Using – by Jennifer Gonzales from Cult of Pedagogy with Dr. Pooja Agarwal from Retrieval Practice – Field research, and great examples to use in class!

Book: Brown, P. C., Roediger, H. L., & McDaniel, M. A. (2014). Make it stick. Harvard University Press.‏

For more information, and classroom application click here

Sample of Research Literature:

The critical Importance of retrieval for learning. JD Karpicke and HL Roediger III (2008), Science.

Retrieval practice produces more learning than elaborative studying with concept mapping. JD Karpicke and JR Blunt (2011) Science.

Test-enhanced learning: Taking memory tests improves long-term retention. HL Roediger III and JD Karpicke (2006) Psychological Science.

The ‘Spacing Effect’ in the Classroom

Allocating student study time – “Massed” versus “Distributed” Practice – article for teachers by prof. Daniel T Willingham

Spaced Repetition – theory and practice in just under 8 minutes how to actually do it – Useful Video by Thomas Frank

Long term effect of spaced review in an undergraduate classroom, by Kapler, Weston & Wiseheart (2015) also in this podcast by the Learning Scientists

Successive Relearning (=Spaced Retrieval) – Excellent talk and a beautiful study by Dunlosky, Rawson and Sciartelli (2013) about the long-term effects of research-based practice! also see short summary here

Research Summary:

Using spacing to enhance diverse forms of learning: Review of recent research and implications for instruction. Carpenter SK, Cepeda NJ, Rohrer D Kang SH& Pashler H (2012)

Long Term Memory and Working Memory

BOOK: Willingham, D. T. (2009). Why don’t students like school?: A cognitive scientist answers questions about how the mind works and what it means for the classroom. John Wiley & Sons.‏

Levels of Processing model of Memory via Simply Psychology

Understanding Working Memory – A classroom Guide by Professor Susan E. Gathercole & Dr Tracy Packiam Alloway

Working memory by Alan Baddeley and Graham J. Hitch (2010), Scholarpedia, 5(2):3015.

Baddeley, A. (2012). Working memory: theories, models, and controversies. Annual review of psychology, 63, 1-29.‏