Teacher of psychology, author, researcher.




Smith, M. & Firth, J. (2018). Psychology in the Classroom: A Teacher's Guide to What Works. London: Routledge.

Firth, J. & Smith, M. (2017). AQA GCSE Psychology All-in-One Revision and Practice. London: Collins.

Firth, J. (2015). National 5 & CfE Higher Psychology Student Book. Glasgow: Leckie & Leckie.

Firth, J. (2011). Higher Psychology: Success Guide. Glasgow: Leckie & Leckie.

Staddon, G., Duffy, A., Cherrie, R., Firth,J. and McDermott, J. (2005). Psychology for Higher. Paisley: Unity Publications.



Firth, J. (forthcoming 2017). Expertise in human memory: Its role in teacher professionalism. In L. Rycroft-Smith & J. L. Dutaut (Eds), Flip The System UK: A Teachers’ Manifesto. London: Routledge.

Firth, J. (2017). Spacing out instruction for more effective learning: Revisiting material after days and weeks helps us remember betterNature Partner Journals (NPJ) Science of Learning Community (guest post).

Firth, J. (2016). Research engagement for the school teacher and its role in the education community. Education in the North, 23(2), 161-166.

Firth, J. (2016). Spacing in teaching practice. Learning Scientists Blog (guest post).

Firth, J. (2015). Student blogs for homework… and connected learning. ATP Today Magazine. (download)



Presented paper: Teachers’ beliefs about memory - what are the implications for in-service teacher education?, at BPS, Psychology of Education Section annual conference, Edinburgh, 27 Oct 2017.

Academic poster, 'Applying the spacing effect to classroom tasks', at the SERA conference, Dundee, 23 Nov 2016.

Paper presentation, 'Supporting the development of teacher research: an exploration of Hutcheson's Centre for Research', at the SERA conference, Dundee, 23 Nov 2016.

Workshop, 'Collaboration for the psychology teacher', co-presented with Hannele Puolakka at the EFPTA conference, Prague, 9 April 2016.

Paper presentation, 'How can education in the social sciences prepare young people for major societal changes?', at the SERA conference, Aberdeen, 20 Nov 2015.

Keynote, 'Putting our psychological knowledge of memory and learning to use', co-presented with Mark Healy at the annual conference of the Association for the Teaching of Psychology (Scotland branch)., Perth, 3 October 2015.

Workshop, 'Establishing Hutchesons' Centre for Research - a Reflection', co-presented with Dr Philip Tonner at ResearchEd Scotland, Glasgow, 30 Aug 2015. 

Workshop, 'Recent research for NQ Psychology', at the annual conference of the Association for the Teaching of Psychology (Scotland branch)., Glasgow, 3 February 2007.