Neuroscience: viable applications in education?

Devonshire, Ian M. and Dommett, Eleanor J. (2010). Neuroscience: viable applications in education? The Neuroscientist, 16(4) pp. 349–56.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1073858410370900

Abstract

As a relatively young science, neuroscience is still finding its feet in potential collaborations with other disciplines. One such discipline is education, with the field of neuroeducation being on the horizon since the 1960s. However, although its achievements are now growing, the partnership has not been as successful as first hopes suggested it should be. Here the authors discuss the theoretical barriers and potential solutions to this, which have been suggested previously, with particular focus on levels of research in neuroscience and their applicability to education. Moreover, they propose that these theoretical barriers are driven and maintained by practical barriers surrounding common language and research literacy. They propose that by overcoming these practical barriers through appropriate training and shared experience, neuroeducation can reach its full potential.

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