ERIC Number: EJ927671
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Connecting Education and Cognitive Neuroscience: Where Will the Journey Take Us?
Ansari, Daniel; Coch, Donna; De Smedt, Bert
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v43 n1 p37-42 Feb 2011
In recent years there have been growing calls for forging greater connections between education and cognitive neuroscience. As a consequence great hopes for the application of empirical research on the human brain to educational problems have been raised. In this article we contend that the expectation that results from cognitive neuroscience research will have a direct and immediate impact on educational practice are shortsighted and unrealistic. Instead, we argue that an infrastructure needs to be created, principally through interdisciplinary training, funding and research programs that allow for bidirectional collaborations between cognitive neuroscientists, educators and educational researchers to grow. We outline several pathways for scaffolding such a basis for the emerging field of "Mind, Brain and Education" to flourish as well as the obstacles that are likely to be encountered along the path.
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Cognitive Processes, Neurological Organization, Theory Practice Relationship, Brain, Educational Research, Expectation, Cooperation, Educational Researchers, Interdisciplinary Approach, Intellectual Disciplines
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