DR. TRACEY TOKUHAMA-ESPINOSA'S MASTERCLASS 1

THE SCIENCE IN THE ART OF TEACHING: NEUROSCIENCE THAT CAN HELP TEACHING

MASTERCLASS | 15 APR 2019

The field of cognitive neuroscience was born just a few decades ago (1989) but has had a tremendous impact on teaching and learning around the world in its short existence. New technology and international collaborations are providing discoveries about the brain and learning with such speed that many in education are unsure about how to appropriately use this information to help their students. The International Mind, Brain, and Education Society held its first conference in 2007 and in less than a decade has managed to call attention to the significant ways that exchanges between the laboratory and the classroom can yield better teaching.

This presentation will highlight some of the most important discoveries in neuroscience over the past years that could/should influence learning and will challenge teachers to adapt to the times by considering their role in the MBE movement. We will consider some of the things we don't yet know about the brain and learning and talk about the threats that neuromyths have on quality educational experiences. To be as practical as possible, the categorization scheme of the OECD will be used as a model for sorting out information in education (evidenced-based; probably so; intelligent speculation; neuromyth). Finally, we will conclude with an example of how educational research and neuroscientific studies can be combined to yield scientifically substantiated best practices in our art of teaching.

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