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Saturday, June 8 • 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Learning about the Earth from a scotch egg: How children learn with analogies and how to teach with them effectively LIMITED
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Analogies are a powerful method in a teacher’s toolkit. They allow children to use their real-life experience to support the construction of new abstract knowledge. As such, they are particularly useful for teaching science concepts that often describe forces and structures that are invisible to the eye.   
In this presentation, I will first describe how children learn with analogies from a cognitive science perspective. Using this knowledge, we will discuss how best to introduce analogies when teaching, how using analogies can lead to misconceptions if used incorrectly and how to support children when they struggle with this powerful teaching method. 

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Matthew Slocombe

PhD student, Centre for Educational Neuroscience, University of London