ANDREW WATSON

What to do when you read conflicting research

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Andrew suggests that finding contradictory research might be good news as it shows you have been digging far enough. He also suggests that we should not make changes to our teaching practice based on one study, because there will always be a level of contradiction within a body of research. Research, even in well-supported areas such as the effectiveness of Retrieval Practice, is not definitive.

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Andrew Watson

President and Founder, Translate the Brain

Andrew Watson began teaching in 1988, studying psychology and neuroscience in 2008, and combining those interests in 2012. Andrew now translates brain science for teachers, students, administrators and parents. His goal: use research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience to make learning easier and teaching more effective. Andrew has written 3 books: The Goldilocks Map, Learning Begins, and Learning Grows.


MEET THE RESEARCHER

Andrew Watson
President and Founder, Translate the Brain

Andrew Watson began teaching in 1988, studying psychology and neuroscience in 2008, and combining those interests in 2012. Andrew now translates brain science for teachers, students, administrators and parents. His goal: use research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience to make learning easier and teaching more effective. Andrew has written 3 books: The Goldilocks Map, Learning Begins, and Learning Grows.

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Bradley Busch
Psychologist at InnerDrive

Bradley is a chartered psychologist and director of InnerDrive. He is one of the leading experts on how schools and colleges can apply psychological research to improve learning and academic achievement. He is the co-author of The Science of Learning. His particular areas of interest in cognitive science are; retrieval practice, spacing, interleaving and motivation.

IN CONVERSATION WITH

Bradley Busch

Psychologist at InnerDrive

Bradley is a chartered psychologist and director of InnerDrive. He is one of the leading experts on how schools and colleges can apply psychological research to improve learning and academic achievement. He is the co-author of The Science of Learning. His particular areas of interest in cognitive science are; retrieval practice, spacing, interleaving and motivation.

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