Teacher of psychology, author, researcher.




Firth, J. (2018). How to Learn: Effective Study and Revision Methods for School and University Students. West Kilbride: Arboretum Books.

Firth, J. (2018). The application of spacing and interleaving approaches in the classroom. Impact, 2, 23-26.

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

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

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)

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.



'The use of spacing and interleaving in classroom learning'. Third Space event for Chartered College of Teaching, National STEM Learning Centre, York, 17th March 2018. 

'Memory, transfer and creativity: Applying the cognitive psychology of education in the face of global threats'. HASS Postgraduate Seminar, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 15 February 2018.

'How can interleaving be applied in the classroom?' SERA Annual Conference, Ayr, 22 Nov 2017.

'Teachers’ beliefs about memory - what are the implications for in-service teacher education?'. BPS Psychology of Education Section Annual Conference, Edinburgh, 27 Oct 2017.

'Applying the spacing effect to classroom tasks' (academic poster). SERA Annual Conference, Dundee, 23 November 2016.

'Supporting the development of teacher research: an exploration of Hutcheson's Centre for Research'. SERA Annual Conference, Dundee, 23 Nov 2016.

'Collaboration for the psychology teacher' (workshop). Co-facilitated with Hannele Puolakka at EFPTA Biannual Conference, Prague, 9 April 2016.

'How can education in the social sciences prepare young people for major societal changes?'. SERA Annual Conference, Aberdeen, 20 Nov 2015.

'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.

'Establishing a teacher research centre'. Co-presented with Dr Philip Tonner at ResearchEd Scotland, Glasgow, 30 Aug 2015. 

'Recent research for NQ Psychology'. Annual Conference of the Association for the Teaching of Psychology, Scotland branch, Glasgow, 3 February 2007.