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Learning Sciences in Teacher Education

This project aims to give trainee teachers confidence in being able to read, understand, critique and apply relevant scientific research to their teaching

Led by Kendra McMahon and psychologist Pete Etchells, with Alison Lee, Chloe Shu-Hua Yeh, Alan Howe and Sarah Earle, and based within the Centre for Research in Scientific and Technological Learning (CRSTLE), this project - funded by the Wellcome Trust - brings together an interdisciplinary team of neuroscientists, psychologists, education researchers and teacher educators to design and trial materials with ITE primary trainee teachers on Primary PGCE or School Direct routes.

These materials aim to give trainee teachers confidence in being able to read, understand, critique and apply relevant research to their teaching, and help to break down communication barriers between teachers and scientific researchers. 

This will help them support children’s learning and prepare them to critically evaluate the claims and packages they may encounter in their future careers.

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