BEST (Best Evidence Science Teaching)

The best teaching draws on the best evidence.


Amid increasing calls for evidence-based practice in classrooms, science teachers’ lives are usually too busy for them to comprehensively access and implement the best evidence emerging from education research.

Best Evidence Science Teaching (BEST) is a collection of free research evidence-informed resources for effective teaching of difficult ideas, embedded formative assessment and adaptive lesson planning. It is initially focussed on science at ages 11-14.

Research evidence-informed progression toolkits for key concepts in science include:

  • appropriately-sequenced learning steps
  • diagnostic questions that provide evidence of learning and of common misunderstandings
  • response activities that promote purposeful practical work, metacognition and conceptual progression

Access the BEST Resources on the STEM Learning website (registration required)