Australia’s national education evidence body

Teaching practices aligned with how students learn improve education outcomes for all students. However, there is an abundance of resources out there, which can make it difficult to know what the best teaching practices are to support students’ learning. 

Our work on how students learn best (also known as the science of learning) connects cognitive science, neuroscience and education psychology research on the learning process with practical teaching implications. 

AERO’s focus is on identifying effective teaching methods, backed by evidence of their impact on student outcomes, and promoting them through relevant and accessible resource materials. 

The project and its outputs are centred around 4 key areas of insight around student learning: 

Stay connected with our work as we explore the evidence around optimal learning strategies and empower educators to create lasting impact in the lives of their students.

If you have any feedback on these resources on how to better understand student learning and the implications for teaching, please let us know via our feedback survey.

How students learn best: An overview of evidence from cognitive science and the most effective teaching practices

An overview of the processes for building and applying student learning drawn from cognitive science, neuroscience and education psychology, and connected to practical implications for the most effective evidence-based approaches to teaching.

Teaching for how students learn: A model of learning and teaching

Teaching practices that are aligned with how students learn are the most effective in improving education outcomes for all. AERO has developed a model that identifies the most effective and efficient teaching practices aligned with related elements of how students learn.

Managing cognitive load optimises learning

Cognitive overload refers to a state that can happen during learning where students struggle to process and store new information in memory. This explainer examines why managing cognitive load is essential for effective learning.

Explicit instruction optimises learning

Explicit instruction is a systematic, engaging and success-oriented teaching approach. This explainer highlights the importance and benefits of explicit instruction for optimising learning outcomes.

Knowledge is central to learning

Knowledge plays a central role in building skills, thinking critically and creatively, and solving problems with increasing independence. This explainer provides an introduction to the role of knowledge in learning, implications for effective teaching, and describes how building background knowledge facilitates higher-order thinking and learning outcomes.
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