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ERIC Number: EJ787003
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
When and How Neuroscience Applies to Education
Willingham, Dan
Phi Delta Kappan, v89 n6 p421-423 Feb 2008
In this reply, the author agrees with Eric Jensen on several important points, among them: that neuroscientific data are relevant to educational research, that these data have already proved useful, and that neuroscience alone should not be expected to generate classroom-ready prescriptions. He sharply disagrees with him, however, on the prospects for neuroscience to make frequent and important contributions to education. The author believes that the question is not under what conditions do neuroscientific findings improve education or how do educators integrate neuroscientific data with educational theory and practice, but on how they leverage what they know about the brain to help them better understand the processes of education. The author argues that education has not moved forward unless that knowledge improves his or her teaching. He also argues that careful specification of how neuroscientific data and theory would actually apply to educational affairs leads to a more sober estimate of their value. (Contains 9 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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