Tutor resources – Bath Spa University

In this section, you will find resources that address the learning sciences in different areas of the ITE curriculum

They have been designed for initial teacher education of primary and early years teachers but could be adapted for other groups.

Interactive Seminar: Theories of Learning including Science of Learning

This interactive seminar places the Science of Learning as offering one lens on learning alongside behaviourism, cognitive constructivism, social constructivism and sociocultural perspectives.

Science of Learning Quiz and answers

This quick 'Is it true?' quiz explores brain-based claims and unpicks current understanding from neuromyths. It could be used online as part of blended learning or integrated into a teaching session.

Interactive Workshop: Science of Learning Critical Thinking

This interactive workshop aims to help trainee teachers develop a critical but open minded response to brain-based claims about learning. For this workshop, you will need the following tutor resources:

  1. Workshop slides with tutor notes that raises questions about the ‘seductive allure’ of neuroscience-based claims and students explore and critique current issues about how science is applied to learning.
  2. Stimulus sheets
  3. Student Responses to Stimulus Sheets - download a copy of this blank template to fill out.
  4. Data collection spreadsheet (for tutor use).

There are also five sets of student resources available for this workshop. Students can also access these directly from the .

The Learning Sciences and ITE Primary Science

This document (also available in PDF format) presents a discussion on cognitive neuroscience in relation to primary science education.

In this section is a presentation that helps to develop science literacy by considering claimed benefits of fish oils and water on children’s learning, and exemplification of how a workshop on the human body can be modified to develop ideas about the brain as part of the whole body.

The Learning Sciences and ITE Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

This presentation discusses the limits of working memory, taking the view that every brain is different.

Previous versions of our materials can be downloaded from BathSpaData.

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