Introduction to cognitive science from an educational perspective

Firstly, it’s right that I credit Adam Boxer and his amazing blog for a lot of the links below. I thoroughly recommend his blog and his Twitter feed.

This is an excellent introductory paper – Deans for Impact: The Science of Learning

The “skills versus knowledge” debate has been a hot one in recent decades. I’ll declare myself a “knowledge” fan for many reasons, not least because I believe (most?) skills to be very domain-specific. An excellent piece on that is by Daniel Willingham, as linked here.

Rosenshine’s “Principles of Instruction” is another must-read.

And here’s an important piece of work by Clark, Kirschner and Sweller called “Putting Students on the Path to Learning”. If you’ve every caught yourself wondering whether group-work is a good or bad thing, or the degree to which pupils should be left to discover stuff for themselves, it provides some excellent insight.

And another blog by Niki Kaiser contains this post which introduces a few key ideas including the cognitive load model.

I’ll add to that by saying there are loads of excellent books, only some of which I have read! My favourites, which I have read are:



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Section 1: Principles of chemistry

      a) States of matter

      b) Atoms

      c) Atomic structure

     d) Relative formula masses and molar volumes of gases

     e) Chemical formulae and chemical equations

     f) Ionic compounds

     g) Covalent substances

     h) Metallic crystals

     i) Electrolysis

 Section 2: Chemistry of the elements

     a) The Periodic Table

     b) Group 1 elements: lithium, sodium and potassium

     c) Group 7 elements: chlorine, bromine and iodine

     d) Oxygen and oxides

     e) Hydrogen and water

     f) Reactivity series

     g) Tests for ions and gases

Section 3: Organic chemistry

     a) Introduction

     b) Alkanes

     c) Alkenes

     d) Ethanol

Section 4: Physical chemistry

     a) Acids, alkalis and salts

     b) Energetics

     c) Rates of reaction

     d) Equilibria

Section 5: Chemistry in industry

     a) Extraction and uses of metals

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