Neuroscience and education: issues and opportunities. A commentary by the teaching and learning research programme
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Professor Paul Howard-Jones

This report considers the current resurgence of educational interest in the brain, arguing that education can benefit from neuroscientific insights into how we develop and learn. It highlights the need for improved collaboration between neuroscience, psychology and education, and how this may help educators engage with scientific research.

Exploring why neuroscientists are becoming increasingly interested in how the brain functions in complex environments, such as the classroom, the authors argue that education is set to become an interesting area of challenge for cognitive neuroscience as it attempts to transfer concepts between neuroscience and education.

Arguing that such attempts need to be informed by expertise from both fields it concludes by saying that neuroscience has a fundamental and increasing relevance to education that, together with related psychological perspectives, needs to be cautiously explored.

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Professor Paul Howard-Jones

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Exploring the growing evidence on neuroscience and education, this report will make for interesting reading for professionals keen to explore the deeper science of learning. 

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