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Illuminated Science of Learning Concepts for Teachers (e-book)

Project Illuminated is an Erasmus+ Programme project (2017-2020) that brings together experts in education technology, teacher development and cognitive neuroscience to support teachers in making use of knowledge from neuroscience in their teaching practice Project Illuminated is an Erasmus+ Programme project (2017-2020) that brings together experts in education technology, teacher development and cognitive neuroscience to support teachers in making use of knowledge from neuroscience in their teaching practice (for more information on the project, please go to http://www.illuminatedproject.eu/). The project partnership includes universities and private enterprises: Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain), University of Helsinki (Finland) and Metropolia UAS (Finland), University of Western Macedonia (Greece), Advancis (Portugal), and Boon (Portugal).. The project partnership includes universities and private enterprises: Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain), University of Helsinki (Finland) and Metropolia UAS (Finland), University of Western Macedonia (Greece), Advancis (Portugal), and Boon (Portugal).

The aim of the project is to increase awareness and use of effective teaching strategies that align with the science of learning and the Illuminated team has developed a wide range of Open Educational Resources. One of those OER is this e-book, entitled Illuminated Science of Learning Concepts for Teachers.

This resource is an openly licensed e-book that introduces teachers to key concepts from the Science of Learning and is available at https://illuminated.pressbooks.com/. It also provides an extensive list of references for those looking to deepen their knowledge about the Science of Learning. The e-book will be available in English, Spanish, Finish, Greek, and Portuguese.

The book is organized into six sections:

  1. Introduction: An introduction to the Science of Learning and the concept of durable learning.
  2. Learning and Memory: A description of how our cognitive system processes information and the adaptive function of learning and memory.
  3. Biology of Learning: An overview of the brain's mechanisms for learning.
  4. Cognitive System Constraints: A breakdown of barriers to learning that exist in our cognitive system.
  5. Schema and Expertise: An explanation of our knowledge system.
  6. SOL Evidence-Based Teaching Practices:A primer on selected teaching practices that align with the Science of Learning (SOL) and are supported by empirical studies.
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The e-book was written by Marc Beardsley (Universitat Pompeu Fabra).
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