Mind, Brain & Education: Has Neuroscience entered the Classroom? - EDU00045H

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  • Department: Education
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Elpis Pavlidou
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

  • Knowledge and understanding of learning in the educational context from the scientific perspectives of mind and brain.
  • Understanding of the impact of education and learning on the brain processes underlying cognition and language.
  • Critical analysis of a range of sources from neuroscience, psychology and education and the overlaps between these disciplines.
  • Examination of several common neuromyths in the light of the relevant neuroscientific and educational evidence.
  • Fundamental knowledge and understanding of neuroimaging data acquisition and analysis techniques (primarily fMRI), with application to the study of language.
  • Examination of current approaches to educational intervention focusing on the importance of developing evidence-based tools.

Module learning outcomes

  • Subject content
  • Knowledge and understanding of the different levels of explanation i.e. biological, cognitive and behavioural as those apply in Mind Brain and Education contexts.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the basic parameters of brain development in the cognitive skills critical for Education (e.g. how the brain functions and changes during the development of reading and maths).
  • Basics of Neuroimaging tools and methods (EEG, fMRI, Eye-tracking).
  • Contributions of Neuroscience in addressing educational problems (e.g. the usefulness and neurobiological grounding of the discrepancy criteria to classify learning difficulties like Developmental Dyslexia).
  • Current debates on the relevance/usefulness of Neuroscience in Education.

 

Academic and graduate skills

  • The ability to analyse and critically evaluate the ways in which theories and data from differing disciplines (i.e. Psychology, Neuroscience and Education) can inform each other and enhance understanding (in this case, of learning and Education).

  • The ability to generate new evidence and test their own ideas through designing and conducting research involving quantitative and neuroimaging methods.

  • The ability to work proactively and autonomously to select and manage information in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches of educational topics.

  • The ability to use Mind Brain and Education information to engage effectively in academic debate.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Academic Poster
N/A 30
Essay/coursework
Critical Review
N/A 70

Special assessment rules

None

Additional assessment information

For the formative assessment in the Spring term, you will be asked to turn a study into an academic poster and present it as a group.

Please note that, in the event you fail one or both of the module components, you will be required to be reassessed in each of the components that you fail.

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Academic Poster
N/A 30
Essay/coursework
Critical Review
N/A 70

Module feedback

Individual written feedback reports for summative assessment, with follow-up tutor meeting if necessary. This feedback will be provided within 4-6 weeks of the date of submission.

Indicative reading

Sousa, D. (Ed) (2010). Mind, Brain & Education: Neuroscience Implications for the Classroom. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.

Della Salla, S. & Anderson, M. (Eds) (2012). Neuroscience in Education: The good, the bad and the ugly. Oxford: Oxford University Press.



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