ERIC Number: ED269886
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Dramatic Developments in the Neurosciences Challenge Educators.
OSSC Report, v26 n3 p1-4 Spr 1986
Recent dramatic developments in brain research and technology suggest that a comprehensive understanding of how the human brain works may soon be within reach. Just as the ability of the medical profession to treat patients improved dramatically with the advent of effective research skills and technology concerning the structure, biochemistry, and functions of the body, so the ability of the educational profession to teach students should improve dramatically once new knowledge replaces the traditional folklore of education. Among the recent critical developments in brain study have been major discoveries about molecular changes that occur within individual neurons when learning and memory take place, significant findings related to the architecture of brain networks and the effects of neurotransmitters, and improvements in brain imaging machines made possible by advances in computer technology. To respond effectively to this new knowledge, educators must become informed about neuroscientific concepts. The teaching of such concepts should be included in teacher education programs and made available through inservice education. (PGD)
Descriptors: Brain, Educational Needs, Educational Trends, Foundations of Education, Futures (of Society), Inservice Teacher Education, Scientific Research, Teacher Education, Technological Advancement
Publication Sales, Oregon School Study Council, University of Oregon, 1787 Agate Street, Eugene, OR 97403 (free).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon School Study Council, Eugene.