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Keywords:

  • attention restoration theory;
  • evidence-based teaching;
  • interteaching;
  • metacognition;
  • spaced learning;
  • testing effect;
  • writing to learn

Abstract

Evidence-based teaching (EBT) entails the use of empirically validated pedagogical tools and techniques that promote student learning. We offer a rationale for why psychology instructors should embrace EBT in their classrooms. We then review five areas of evidence offering specific tools and techniques that improve learning and retention: the testing effect, spaced learning, metacognition, writing to learn, and interteaching. We then briefly discuss how three student self-regulated choices can promote learning. Finally, we urge psychology teachers and students to use the discipline's experimental findings to enhance student learning.