If you’re interested in evidence informed teaching, this page has loads of stuff to satisfy your curiosity:
- High Impact Teaching books
- Evidence Snacks newsletter
- Science of memory readers
- Science of motivation readers
- Teacher expertise readers
- Future of teaching readers
High Impact Teaching books
I’ve written 4 books for teachers. Each one stitches together the best available evidence on a key topic into a coherent and actionable framework that you can use to power up your teaching 💪 AND they’re super concise—you can read each in less than an hour.
“I doubt you’ll find an education book with more useful insights per minute of reading time.” — Dylan Wiliam, Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at UCL
“It’s not easy to write a book that is simultaneously brief, packed with ideas, and clear, but Peps has done it.” — Daniel Willingham, Professor of Psychology at University of Virginia
Which is best for you? Here’re my recommendations:
- Lean Lesson Planning → A solid introduction for those seeking some basic, evidence-informed principles for learning design.
- Memorable Teaching → Best for folks keen to understand how to apply ideas from cognitive science to the classroom.
- Motivated Teaching → Best for teachers interested in how social, emotional, and cultural research can guide our practice.
- Developing Expert Teaching → The cherry on the top, essential reading for anyone who helps other teachers to get better.
If you ever fancy ordering a batch for your school, just drop me a message… I can ship bulk orders (50+) at a hefty discount.
Evidence Snacks newsletter
I write a weekly 5-minute email for teachers keen to keep up-to-date with the latest research and thinking around effective teaching, read by 10k+ teachers. Check it out:
Science of memory readers
The following is a broad selection of readers for anyone interested in dipping their toe into the science of memory (aka ‘cognitive science’).
- CESE (2018) Cognitive load theory in practice
- Deans for Impact (2016) The science of learning
- Fletcher-Wood et al (2019) The learning curriculum
- Mccrea (2018) Learning: what is it, and how might we catalyse it?
- Weinstein et al (2018) Teaching the science of learning
Science of motivation readers
Here’s a selection of readers for anyone interested in dipping their toe into the science of motivation (* = a good place to start).
- Barron & Hulleman (2014) Expectancy-value-cost model of motivation
- Berridge (2017) Evolving concepts of emotion and motivation
- *Boekaerts (2010) The crucial role of motivation and emotion in classroom learning
- Cialdini & Goldstein (2004) Social influence: compliance & conformity
- *Cook & Artino (2016) Motivation to learn: an overview of contemporary theories
- *Damgaard & Nielsen (2018) Nudging in Education: a discussion paper
- Domenico & Ryan (2017) The emerging neuroscience of intrinsic motivation
- Feldon et al (2019) Cognitive load as motivational cost
- *Heath & Heath (2010) Switch: how to change things when change is hard
- Katz & Assor (2006) When choice motivates and when it does not
- Kenrick et al (2009) Deep rationality: the evolutionary economics of decision making
- Lavecchia et al (2014) Behavioral Economics of Education: Progress and Possibilities
- *Mccrea (2020) Motivated Teaching: leveraging the science of learning to boost attention and effort in the classroom
- Murayama (2018) The science of motivation
- O’Reilly et al (2017) Behavioural insights for education
- Samson (nd) An introduction to behavioural economics
- Service et al (2014) EAST: Four simple ways to apply behavioural insights
- Walton et al (2012) Mere belonging: the power of social connections
- Yeager et al (2013) Addressing achievement gaps with psychological interventions
Teacher expertise readers
Selected readers on teacher expertise.
- The Effects of High-Quality PD on Teachers and Students, by Fletcher-Wood
- Habit Formation Limits Growth in Teacher Effectiveness, by Hobbiss
- Cognitive Load and Classroom Teaching, by Feldon
- The Myth of the Performance Plateau, by Papay
- Conditions for Intuitive Expertise: A Failure to Disagree, by Kahneman
- Expert Performance: Its Structure and Acquisition, by Ericsson
- Parsing the Practice of Teaching, by Kennedy
- Toward a Multifactorial Model of Expertise, by Hambrick
- Expert Teaching: What is it, and how might be develop it? by Yours Truly
- Classroom Management Scripts, by Wolff
- Describing the Behavior and Documenting the Accomplishments of Expert Teachers, by Berliner
- The Development of Expertise in Pedagogy, by Berliner
- Characteristics of Effective Teacher Professional Development, by Sims (easily one of the best analyses of PD to date and a great accompaniment to my book)
- See A Mental Model of the Learner, by Willingham (one of my fav papers ever)
- The Effect of Teacher Coaching on Instruction and Achievement, by Kraft
- Understanding Teacher Effectiveness to Raise Pupil Attainment, by Burgess
- Modelling Evidence-Based Practice in Initial Teacher Training, by Sims (also a cracking example of experimental research in education)
- Innovation and Efficiency in Transfer, by Schwartz
- Fast Start: Training Better Teachers Faster, by TNTP
- Practice with Purpose: The Emerging Science of Teacher Expertise, by Deans for Impact
- The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance, by Ericsson
- Expertise Reversal Effect and its Instructional Implications, by Kalyuga
- Personal Best: Top Athletes and Singers Have Coaches, Should You? by Gwande
Future of teaching readers
Selected readers on the applied science of teaching.
- Why Education Experts Resist Effective Practices (and what it would take to make education more like medicine), by Carnine
- Teaching as a Research-Based Profession: Possibilities and Prospects, by Hargreaves
- Classroom Research and Cargo Cults, by Hirsch
- The Sciences of the Artificial, by Simon
- A Survey of Published Educational Research, by Tooley