Science of Understanding Learning Project (SOUL Project): Evidence Informed Practice – Introduction

30th April, 2020 @ 1:00 pm


30/04/2020 - 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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How might current scientific understandings of how learning takes place inform the design of effective teaching and learning?

The SOUL project provides schools with an opportunity to connect with powerful research that will assist teachers and leaders to amplify the most effective teaching and learning opportunities in their schools. Leading educational neuroscientist and research partner Dr Jared Cooney Horvath will launch the project on Thursday 30 April 2020 with an introductory workshop that will inspire schools to reflect on current practice and explore next steps.

Following this session, participants and school teams are invited to engage in ongoing school based action research and ‘micro projects’ that can be connected to a range of strategic directions in a school such as teacher performance and development or leadership of learning. Support for this work will be provided by the AISSA and Dr Horvath to action this work from initiation to implementation and evaluation.

Future Sessions will cover:

  • Foundations of Thinking and Learning
  • The PEN Principles (The Science in Learning Research Centre)
  • The Learning Trajectory – Surface, Deep and Transfer in Learning
  • Assessment and Feedback for Deep Learning
  • Cognitive Load Theory/Memory/Retrieval/Spaced/Interleaving Practice
  • The Neuroscience of Wellbeing
  • Leading Learning for Impact


Dr Jared Cooney Horvath (PhD, MEd) is a neuroscientist, educator, and author of the new best-selling book Stop Talking, Start Influencing: 12 Insights from Brain Science to Make Your Message Stick.  He has conducted research and lectured at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, the University of Melbourne, and over 150 schools internationally.  He currently serves as Director of LME Global: a team dedicated to bringing the latest brain and behavioural research to teachers, students, and parents alike.


For more information about the project please contact Mary Pickett or Julie Tarzia.  For registration enquiries please contact Rae Dawkins.

There is no on-site parking available.  For parking options please refer to the parking map.  Tram stop #1 Greenhill Road is a 6-minute walk away.



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