Cognitive Science Research for Improved Learning Outcomes
We know that a truly effective teachers know how to engage their students “in activities that foster storage of new information and subsequent access to that information. … Doing so involves focusing on meaning, making connections between new concepts and concepts that are already understood, organizing to-be-learned knowledge, and so forth”
"It is thanks to the work of neuroscientists that we better understand the brain’s ability to structurally change in response to learning."
We know that the brain changes constantly in response to our environment and the tasks we face. However, this reality can be a negative one if there is a learning problem that is not being addressed.
"Without an intervention to interrupt negative outcomes, the past is not going to correct itself, and the future is going to be a product of this."
"Learning is a scientific process, and for students to learn optimally they must be taught. This is true regardless of cognitive abilities and disposition towards learning."
“Without the ability to remember definitions, facts, or details, students are stranded at the most basic level of understanding. The COGx methodology gives me the tools to train my students, to strengthen their memory through direct instruction of activities that build visualization, strengthen comprehension as ideas are linked through meaningful connections, and efficiently organize information that can be easily retrieved."
“A wide range of information on brain function and how understanding brain function can aid teaching and learning. I appreciated having the video lesson as a follow up to the readings."
“I really like how the course was set up. I also liked the questions from priming quizzes. The questions cause you to exercise your critical thinking skills. The topic was always great! I learned a lot about how I process information... it literally helped me personally as well as to become a better teacher!"
“ I think the topics of this course should be given as teacher training for all teachers. This was the first time I had had any type of training on how to work with students who may have different roadblocks to attention, working memory and processing speed. This training helped me to understand my students much better."