Research Snapshots

Research Reports

Learning About Learning: What Every New Teacher Needs to Know by the National Council on Teacher Quality (2016)

Written by policy and research analysts, with the support of cognitive scientists, this report examines textbooks commonly used in teacher preparation programs and the extent to which strategies based on the science of learning are presented.


The Science of Learning by Deans for Impact (2015)

Written by member deans, a cognitive scientist, and a former K-12 teacher, this 10-page guide describes learning principles based on cognitive science research, as well as practical implications for the classroom.


Applying Science of Learning in Education: Infusing Psychological Science into the Curriculum, supported by the American Psychological Association (2014)

Written by cognitive scientists, this comprehensive e-book presents core principles, theories, research findings, and classroom applications based on the science of learning.


Integrating Cognitive Science with Innovative Teaching in STEM Disciplines, edited by Mark A. McDaniel and colleagues, supported by the James S. McDonnell Foundation (2014)

This e-book was developed as part of a conference that brought together researchers from STEM fields and cognitive science in order to synthesize the current state of knowledge on STEM learning and education.

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Strengthening the Student Toolbox by John Dunlosky, published in the American Educator (2013)

Written by a cognitive scientist, this brief guide condenses 100+ years of research on 10 specific learning strategies. It's a superb resource for both educators and students who want a succinct review of cognitive research. If you'd like to read the 55-page peer-reviewed journal article, which delves into greater detail about this research, it is available here.


Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning by Hal Pashler and colleagues, supported by the Institute of Education Sciences (2007)

Written by cognitive scientists and a K-12 teacher, this comprehensive guide includes recommendations about evidence-based cognitive strategies to improve learning.