Understanding learning

This theme of our work is focused on understanding learning as it occurs in the laboratory or classroom, during personal study or group work, and through interaction with teachers or digital tools. Learning describes the process by which we acquire new knowledge, skills or behaviours and underpins all aspects of education. Experimental neuroscience and cognitive psychology are providing a detailed understanding of the neural mechanisms that are engaged during learning, memory consolidation, and retrieval.  Our studies in this are designed to provide insights into the conditions under which effective and robust learning takes place.

Projects that we are conducting in this area include:

Expressions of interest

Expressions of interest are now being sought for a workshop on learning and the brain to be run from our new premises in August 2015. This initiative relates to research being carried out at the Centre for the Science of Learning at ACER, led by Dr Kate Reid and Dr Sara Buckley.

There are many theories about student learning in the education community. However, it is difficult for teachers to recognise the difference between those supported by research within the learning sciences and those which are not.

This workshop will provide the opportunity for teachers to:

  • develop an understanding of how child and adolescent brains work;
  • review classroom practices and how they link to an understanding of the brain;
  • examine new technology to understand how it may contribute to approaches to learning;
  • discuss challenges including neuromyths and unsubstantiated claims about student learning

Participants attending the workshop will increase their knowledge about current developments in the learning sciences, and improve their understanding of how this is relevant for education and classroom practices.

Length: 9.30am to 3.30pm
Cost: $100.00 per person
Presenters: Dr Kate Reid and Dr Sarah Buckley