What if… we were able to say more about how the brain learns?
15 May 2018, 5:45 pm–7:00 pm
The rise of neuroscience within education has been dramatic; 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?
Jeffrey HallUCL Institute of Education20 Bedford WayLondonWC1H 0ALUnited Kingdom
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'.
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- 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
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.
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