Sunday, July 10, 2011

Brain Based Learning

Worden, Hinton & Fischer (2011) indicate the dangers of ignoring neuroscience studies regarding the brain and learning.  According to these authors, there is an emerging field of Mind, Brain and Education also known as MBE which dedicates its efforts in studying the relationship between the brain and leaning separating myths from facts in these areas of study.  
These are the most common myths about the brain and learning:
1)       The brain is irrelevant in learning.
2)      Neuroscientists know it all and teachers don’t understand research.
3)      Johnny is right brained and that is why…
4)      Everyone knows you can’t learn a language after age _____.
5)       Girls are better at reading, but boys dominate math and science.
These are common myths that transfer to education practices affecting the teaching and learning process.  Various educational fields such as instructional design need to pay careful attention to brain-based research in order to design appropriate lessons and experiences that match with the most effective ways of learning.    It is clear that the brain has much to do if not everything to do with learning, but there are also many misconceptions about this relationship which need to be cleared before integrating this science into the teaching and learning process.  It is our task to be up to date with neuroscience research. 
Worden, J. M., Hinton, C & Fischer, K. W. (2011, May).  What does the brain have to do with learning?  Kappan Magazine Org.    Phi Delta Kappan.

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