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Publication - Professor Paul Howard-Jones

    Evolutionary Perspectives on Mind, Brain and Education

    Citation

    Howard-Jones, PA, 2014, ‘Evolutionary Perspectives on Mind, Brain and Education’. Mind, Brain, and Education, vol 8., pp. 21-33

    Abstract

    Understanding about human origins informs our understanding of what it means to be human. It is reasonable, therefore, to consider that an evolutionary perspective can provide insight into the nature and processes of human learning and education. This article reviews how ideas about evolution have influenced educational thinking in the past. It then considers how understanding of brain development and function is helping to inspire "new thinking" about evolution. The review converges on a range of benefits that may arise from the inclusion of evolutionary concepts within the field of mind, brain, and education. These benefits include scrutiny of evolutionary neuromyth, reconsideration of the cultural and political status of education, insight into notions of individual difference, and help with stimulating and directing research efforts aimed at improving educational outcomes.

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