Neuroscience for old pedagogy

Boon, Helen J. (2013) Neuroscience for old pedagogy. In: Proceedings of Australian Association for Research in Education Conference. From: AARE 2013: Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, 1-5 December 2013, Adelaide, SA, Australia.

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In recent years there has been an increasing trend in education to seek answers for best pedagogical practice in cognitive neuroscience research. This paper reviews current cognitive neuroscience research findings and critically discusses what they can potentially add to educators' pedagogy. It argues that there is a need for the development of pre-service teacher modules on the application of cognitive neuroscience research to education so that teachers can meaningfully and accurately employ any implied pedagogy. Appropriate pre-service teacher modules need to be placed within the context of major focus areas in undergraduate teacher preparation degrees; for example within educational psychology, behaviour management, special education, literacy and numeracy teaching. This is vital for non-science secondary teachers as well as those who upon entering the profession are often too busy to engage critically with the latest neuroscience research or to evaluate the many emerging textbooks that are proclaiming to be based upon the latest cognitive neuroscience findings. In this way teachers will be able to guard against "neuromyths" and "brainbased" learning claims and pedagogy that might, ultimately, be detrimental to student learning and wellbeing.

Item ID: 31484
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISSN: 1324-9320
Keywords: cognitive neuroscience, pedagogy, motivation, neuroplasticity, learning difficulties, emotion, adolescent, puberty,special education, brain based learning
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Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2014 23:14
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development @ 100%
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