Einstein said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge,” but Einstein wasn’t a cognitive scientist and he was only half right. … More
Where Does Enquiry Belong?
Short answer: in science lessons, use enquiry once pupils already know the content. You might ask: Why use a pedagogical … More
How Paradigm Trust is Supporting Teachers’ Primary Science Subject Knowledge
Teachers at Paradigm Trust have developed a knowledge rich EYFS-KS3 science curriculum which we have been running (and developing) for … More
Arguments for The Place of Science in the Curriculum
Policy makers have to justify the money spent on science education. During the early to mid cold war, the West … More
The Problem Solving Methods Learners Use – and How to Develop Them
Solving problems, especially in physics, has been well studied (e.g. Larkin, McDermott, Simon and Simon 1980: here and Chi, Glaser … More
Up and Down the Ladder of Abstraction
Yesterday I wrote about the importance of physical, experiential knowlegde of physics: a sense of forces and flow; of motion … More
But where is the cognitive science and the knowledge?
I’ve just received an email from TES advertising a book they are publishing titled: tes guide to STEM.I was hoping … More
A Residue of Physics
Six months ago, I was helping English trainees write a knowledge organiser for The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and … More
When knowledge is wrong…
Babies are born knowing physics. They express surprise when an object appears to be suspended in mid-air or pass through … More
What are the Cognitive Loads of reading and how can we reduce them?
Reading is a physics problem that doesn’t receive much attention in class. I think it should. Science professionals read a … More