Learnus is involved with the Unlocke research project

UnLocke: Learning counterintuitive concepts: Can you help?

Learnus is working with the Centre for Educational Neuroscience (CEN) in London on an exciting and innovative research and development project: UnLocke: Learning counter-intuitive concepts.

Based on evidence drawn from educational neuroscience, UnLocke aims to improve primary children’s learning of counter-intuitive concepts in maths and science. Research evidence indicates that that children (and adults) need to suppress their intuitive ideas in order to understand new concepts. The UnLocke team are developing an innovative, engaging computer-based learning activity designed to encourage children to think carefully before coming to their conclusions.

A large scale controlled trial of the learning activity is planned to run from October 2016 to February 2017.

Learnus is now recruiting 100 schools from across England, particularly in the North-west, Midlands and South-west, to be part of the trial. This would require year 3 and year 5 classes completing a 15 minute activity 3 times per week for a total of 10 weeks before a maths or science lesson. Support and training will be provided for staff and the final version of the activity will be made available to the school on completion of the trial.

So if you would like to be involved click here for further information and to register your interest.

UnLocke is part of the Insights from Neuroscience initiative funded by Education Endowment Foundation and the Wellcome Trust

The Centre for Educational Neuroscience combines the expertise of researchers in child development, neuroscience, and education at three world leading universities, Birkbeck, UCL Institute of Education, and University College London.

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