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ERIC Number: EJ787004
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Building a Bridge from Neuroscience to the Classroom
Willis, Judy
Phi Delta Kappan, v89 n6 p424-427 Feb 2008
Neuroscience and cognitive science relating to education are hot topics. They receive extensive but simplified coverage in the mass media, and there is a booming business in "brain-booster" books and products, which claim to be based on the research. Eric Jensen advocates more collaboration among scientists from the full variety of disciplines engaged in brain research. This collaboration, with corresponding evaluations using cognitive and classroom research, can offer educators more coherent knowledge that they can use in teaching. The interdisciplinary collaboration of neuroscientists, molecular geneticists, cellular biologists, cognitive scientists, and education professionals can be the "wide, sturdy bridge". In order to help educators make sense of the massive amounts of information, the author proposes a two-tiered structure in which factual, collaborative brain research is designated as such and educational strategies strongly "suggested" by neuroscientific data are identified as "interpretations" of that research. The resulting structure will change with time because the interpretive tier will become more concrete as initial interpretations are supported or contradicted by subsequent neuroscience. (Contains 10 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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