ERIC Number: EJ1091986
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Neurophilia: Guiding Educational Research and the Educational Field?
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v50 n1 p62-75 Feb 2016
For a decade or so there has been a new "hype" in educational research: it is called educational neuroscience or even neuroeducation (and neuroethics)--there are numerous publications, special journals, and an abundance of research projects together with the advertisement of many positions at renowned research centres worldwide. After a brief introduction of what is going on in the "emerging sub-discipline", a number of characterisations are offered of what is envisaged by authors working in this field. In the discussion that follows various problems are listed: the assumption that "visual proof" of brain activity is supposedly given; the correlational nature of this kind of research; the nature of the concepts that are used; the lack of addressing and possibly influencing the neurological mechanism; and finally the need for other insights in educational contexts. Following Bakhurst and others, a number of crucially relevant philosophical issues are highlighted. It is argued that though there are cases where neuroscience insights may be helpful, these are scarce. In general, it is concluded, not a lot may be expected from this discipline for education and educational research. A reminder is offered that the promise of neurophilia may be just another neuromyth, which needs to be addressed by philosophy and education.
Descriptors: Educational Research, Neurosciences, Evidence, Correlation, Scientific Concepts, Philosophy, Research Problems
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