In terms of research, I focus on the application of cognitive psychology to education, and in particular long-term memory and transfer. I am very interested in how the order in which examples are studied can influence students’ learning of concepts, and have conducted research based around the spacing effect and - in particular - interleaving.
More broadly, I believe that an understanding of human memory and the processes involved in learning should form part of a teacher’s professional knowledge, in part to to help insulate them against top-down interference in their pedagogical judgements. I developed an undergraduate module entitled ‘Memory, belief and misconception’ which explores teachers’ professional understanding of memory and their belief in learning myths, and I also work actively in promoting and supporting teachers’ research engagement (including ‘practitioner enquiry’).
Additionally, I continue to engage in scholarship relating to the teaching of Psychology at pre-tertiary level, and have written or co-authored five school psychology textbooks, one of which is now in its second edition.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
- Professional expertise in evidence-informed approaches to learning and revision
- Use of meta-analysis and statistics software
- Tutor for PGDE student teachers
- Teaching of school psychology (GCSE and Higher), including online teaching
- Teaching at Masters-level (module - 'Frameworks for Understanding Learning')
- Undergraduate teaching/lecturing (Education).
- Supervision of dissertations
- Writing new university modules and materials
- Professional writing
- Writing for exam board
- Authorship of textbooks and study guides
- Delivery of CPD in schools (topics: Memory; Practitioner Enquiry)
- Public speaking
- Have appeared in media and on MOOC online courses