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ERIC Number: EJ1092792
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: EISSN-1072-4303
Four Social Neuroscience On-Going Requisites for Effective Collaborative Learning and the Altruistic Turn
Murphey, Tim
TESL-EJ, v19 n4 Feb 2016
Understandings from the field of social neuroscience can help educators cultivate collaborative students who get excited about learning from one another. To facilitate a collaborative atmosphere, educators first need to be able to show concern for their students beyond the subject matter. They also can help students understand how being social works in their favor and teach students skills that they can immediately use to have more effective collaborations. At the same time, for efficient second language acquisition, teachers need to provide students with multiple extended discourse opportunities (MEDOs), or lengthy conversational opportunities. This article proposes that by helping peers and others in their social networks, students actually help themselves become better learners and achieve a healthier mental outlook. Several examples are given to ground each aspect of these ideas from neuroscience into pedagogy (Murphey, 2013d).
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan