ERIC Number: EJ888118
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 3
How Can Neuroscience Enhance Gifted Education?
Newman, Sharlene D.
Understanding Our Gifted, v21 n2 p18-20 Win 2009
With the advent of imaging techniques like functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) over the past couple of decades, the people's understanding of the brain has increased dramatically. One of the newer research frontiers is the discovery of neural underpinnings of individual differences in cognitive ability. This research has the potential to greatly impact educational systems. Neuroimaging has given the people a way to peer into the working brain. As a result, people learned a great deal about the relationship between structure and function. Next people want to know how these differences might influence education. How can they create or enhance the abilities that a child already possess? The author stresses that if an individual is aware of her own ability profile, she could actively search for strategies that fit it. She believes that in the future, neuroscience will help them improve the ways in which they educate children. There still remains a lot of work to be done. This is a good time for the fields of neuroscience and education to work together to guide research.
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Brain, Cognitive Ability, Diagnostic Tests, Neurological Organization, Research, Special Needs Students, Cognitive Processes, Brain Hemisphere Functions
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