SMART Spaces; research informed learning

Spaced-learning Memory And Recall Training is a learning strategy for GCSE science. By applying findings from the fields of cognitive psychology and neuroscience we have produced a time efficient strategy for revision. Teachers and students like this strategy as they know it helps their learning.

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What does it do?

SMART Spaces condenses all the content from AQA COMBINED GSCE chemistry into a fast-paced stylish presentation.  We will train you to present this to your students in a fun and interactive manner using short bursts of information. 

The benefits of spacing learning have long been understood for over a century ago. In ten minute spaces between these bursts of information you will lead a variety of distraction activities.  This could be juggling or other games that allow your students' brains time to assimilate the information before the next period of learning.

The three short bursts of information are repeated twice more, on two consecutive days to add a space of 24 hours between the lessons, which further adds to the improvements in retention from the spacing effect. 

How does it work?

1 Research

SMART Spaces is informed by research into the benefits of spacing learning. By getting students to answer questions they are using retrieval practice to consolidate learning. By having a 24 hour space between episodes of learning there will also be a period of sleep. Research from a century of psychology studies , along with recent neuroscience research has shown all three of these can enhance learning.

2 Education

SMART Spaces is an efficient strategy to help students learn information. With recent changes to the exam system in England there has been an increase in both the level and amount of content in specifications. There is a growing understanding of the importance of students learning information so they can apply this knowledge to new situations.

3 Classroom

SMART Spaces is an intensive classroom experience for teachers and students. By “chunking” the information and introducing fun distraction activities it has been shown to provide a stimulating and rewarding experience.

Who is it for?

SMART Spaces can work for all students.  Some teachers have found the interactive style works especially well with middle ability boys but we know all students can benefit from its fast paced, efficient style. 

This project was funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Wellcome Trust.  The EEF have a declared interest in projects which can be shown to work well with disadvantaged students.  These students often can find it difficult to revise at home.  By providing a powerful classroom experience for all students, we feel SMART Spaces helps this problem.

This strategy has been developed through a pilot and optimisation study, which you can read here. The training you will experience and the lesson materials themselves have been informed from working with tens of teachers and hundreds of students.

 

 

We are currently delivering the SMART Spaces revision programme in a large randomised control trial into the efficacy of this strategy.  This is an independent evaluation of our programme conducted by researchers from University College London. Over 100 schools and teachers and thousands of students are involved and the independent evaluators will be analysing the students’ GCSE results in the summer of 2019.

 

We are beginning a project to look at the role that SMART Spaces might have during the teaching of science.  By using SMART Spaces to help students gain knowledge we are hoping that this will create time in the teaching pattern to enable teachers to focus on areas of known concern, for example extended writing, exam question practice or extended practical work.

 

Who we are.

Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation,

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work,

Queen's University 

69-71 University Street

Belfast BT7 1NN

 

Hallam Teaching School Alliance

Notre Dame High School

Fulwood Road

Sheffield S10 3BT

 

                  

Dr John Coats    Alastair Gittner

 

                      

 Dr Liam O'Hare   Dr Patrick Stark

 

Our two projects are being evaluated by a team of people at University College London.  The team is lead by Prof Jeremy Hogden.

              

 

This project has been funded by the

Education Endowment Foundation 

and Wellcome Trust 

SMART Spaces can work for all students.  Some teachers have found the interactive style works especially well with middle ability boys but we know all students can benefit from its fast paced, efficient style. 

This project was funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Wellcome Trust.  The EEF have a declared interest in projects which can be shown to work well with disadvantaged students.  These students often can find it difficult to revise at home.  By providing a powerful classroom experience for all students, we feel SMART Spaces helps this problem.

Opportunities

If you wish to participate in either of our two trials then please contact us using the form provided. Once we have confirmed the efficacy of this strategy we will be offering training and advice in the implementation of SMART Spaces in your classroom. If you wish to contact us and express and interest in our training , or you are just after more details or information , please use the form or contact us on enquiries@smartspaceslearning.org

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