In this section, you will find resources that can be used to deliver workshops on enhancing the learning sciences in teacher education
This resource is comprised of the main workshop, slides for a science workshop and slides for a session on SEND. They have been designed for initial teacher education of primary and early years teachers but could be adapted for other groups.
Main workshop - critical consumers of neuroscience
This interactive workshop aims to help trainee teachers develop a critical but open minded response to brain based claims about learning.
The workshop is comprised of:
- A (mock) cognitive psychology experiment that raises questions about the ‘seductive allure’ of neuroscience-based claims.
- Classroom based group work where students explore and critique current issues about how science is applied to learning (found below).
There are five sets of resources available for this workshop, which include the above classroom-based group work. Students can also access these directly from the Student Resources page.
Fish oils and the brain in the body
An additional activity 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, in turn helping them to see the brain as part of the whole body.
Special educational needs and disabilities
This presentation discusses the limits of working memory, taking the view that every brain is different.