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Neuroscience and Education: Complementary not Competing Sciences

posted 12 Sep 2017, 04:43 by ICO Education   [ updated 12 Sep 2017, 04:43 ]
Relatively new within ICO is the theme group Educational Neurosciences. This new and fascinating theme within the educational sciences has many aspects to explore. To broaden your horizon, and find out more about the field of educational neurosciences come to the course Neuroscience and Education: Complementary not Competing Sciences.

This course introduces you to the emerging field of ‘educational neuroscience’, also referred to as ‘mind, brain, and education’. While this new field can be positioned in many different fields (e.g., cognitive neuroscience, psychology, etc) this course approaches the field as a sub-discipline of the Educational Sciences. In other words, the aim of this course on educational neuroscience is to look at how theories and methods from the (cognitive) neurosciences can be used in conjunction with theories and methods from other educational sciences to inform and improve knowledge of learning and teaching. Students in this course learn how to integrate theoretical perspectives on learning, as well as diverse methodological approaches to investigate learning. These approaches range from the highly controlled laboratory experiments typical to the neuroscience approach, to approaches that study learning in more realistic settings. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to critically reflect on the current enthusiasm for a brain-based education. What are myths, and what are the promising directions?

Educational Neurosciences is one of the smaller ICO theme groups. This means the ICO course within this field will only be organized once every three years. Enjoy the opportunity, and be there!