Using science to change the way we learn

The report focuses on the fundamental questions that influence our ability to learn and highlights the opportunity for Australia to transform its practices related to learning, with the aim of enhancing life-long learning outcomes for all Australians.

It also uses science to challenge a number of commonly held beliefs about how the brain functions, learns and ages. 

The central recommendation of the report is the establishment of a Science of Learning Program, to be delivered through a number of interdisciplinary and inter-professional Science of Learning Centres.

Further detail on the Science of Learning Program can be found in the short  impact statement.  Click here to download the statement.

In describing the Science of Learning Centres, Australia’s Former Chief Scientist, Professor Penny D Sackett said “the Centres would have a transformational impact on learning by advancing the scientific understanding of effective learning techniques; generating knowledge to inform education policy and practice; and by testing innovative approaches in real world environments to maximise learning outcomes.

“It is expected that the research findings from these Centres could lead to improvements in equity, educational practice and practitioner development.  All of which, should narrow the achievement gap and maximise Australia’s economic productivity.

“By adopting the recommendation from the report to establish Science of Learning Centres, we can deliver a society of effective life-long learners who have the ability to engage in the rapidly developing knowledge society that is the global future.”

The Centres, if established, would cover Australia geographically and socio-economically; and would build on the work already being conducted across Australia by Departments of Education, researchers and other educational groups. 

It is also expected that input into the Centres would be harnessed from parents, carers, learners, community leaders, formal and informal educators, and researchers from different disciplines.

Click here to download a copy of the full report.