Constructing connection: the evolving field of mind, brain and education

Donna Coch and Daniel Ansari

in Neuroscience in Education

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199600496
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739187 | DOI:
Constructing connection: the evolving field of mind, brain and education

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This chapter provides an overview of some of the challenges and benefits to building the evolving field of mind, brain, and education (MBE). It discusses selected challenges associated with making meaningful connections across the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and education (e.g., differing levels of explanation, different methodological research, and design issues); addresses some of the mechanisms that need to be in place in order to make such connections (e.g., transdisciplinary training for educators and neuroscientists, blurring the traditional applied versus basic research distinction); and offers suggestions about the next steps to take in order to build and sustain an interdisciplinary science of MBE that provides a new, integrated, and multilevel perspective on child development, learning, and teaching. As traditional boundaries among behavioural, psychological, neuroscientific, and educational research are increasingly crossed, the chapter concludes that neuroscience should be considered one source of evidence that can contribute to evidence-based practice and policy in education, that the challenges to constructing meaningful connections between education and neuroscience are surmountable, and that the science and art of education can be connected and integrated in principled ways.

Keywords: neuroscience; mind; brain; education; psychology

Chapter.  7978 words. 

Subjects: Neuroscience

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