Institute of Education


What if… we were able to say more about how the brain learns?

Start: May 15, 2018 05:45 PM
End: May 15, 2018 07:00 PM

Location: Jeffery Hall, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

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The rise of neuroscience within education, as in other spheres, has been dramatic, so much so that accusations of ‘neuro mania’ and warnings about ‘neuro myths’ have become common place. Are we correct to pin our hopes on this field as a means of improving learning and attainment?

In this debate we bring together leading neuroscientists and educationalists to reflect on the ‘state of the art’ in (educational) neuroscience, future prospects for the field in providing insights into the learning process and the likely timescales for that, the ethical questions we could be considering now, as well as how we can collectively avoid the worst excesses of ‘neuro-nonsense’.

Join us in the debate with a host of fantastic speakers including:

  • Becky Allen, Director of the Centre for Education Improvement Science, UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
  • Steven Rose, Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience, the Open University
  • Catherine Sebastian, Reader in the Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Michael Thomas, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Birkbeck, University of London
  • Chair: Becky Francis, Director, UCL Institute of Education

The IOE Public Debates: What if… series

IOE Debates how the brain learns

Through this series we’ll be bringing together a range of commentators – academics, politicians, practitioners, policy wonks – and pushing them to bring some radical new thinking to some of the apparently intractable issues within education, not least the English education system.

Join the conversation on Twitter at #IOEDebates.

IOE Public Debates will be streamed live via UCL Live. The video recording and a podcast will be available online from IOE Public Debates following the series.



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