Neuroscience and Education

Neuroscience is influencing educational thinking and practice across the world. Insights from neuroscience are relevant for learners at all levels of ability (including those with disorders, low and high ability) and all phases and ages across the lifespan.

This programme is for educational professionals (e.g. teachers in all subjects and across all ages, including teachers of children with special needs, educational psychologists, education managers and policy makers). It also provides a foundation for further research studies (e.g. at PhD level) involving the concepts and techniques of cognitive neuroscience in areas related to education.

The course aims to equip students with:

  • Knowledge and understanding of learning from the scientific perspectives of mind and brain.
  • Knowledge of the brain mechanisms by which individuals grow to maturity and can maximise their potential.
  • Understanding of the impact of education and learning on the brain processes underlying cognition, language, social and emotional development.
  • Awareness of how neuroscience can contribute to reducing discrimination and disadvantage.
  • The skills to undertake a critical approach to making connections between neuroscience and education.
  • A basis for making decisions in educational policy and practice that are informed by brain research evidence (e.g. fMRI, EEG).
  • The ability to generate new evidence and test their own ideas through research involving qualitative, quantitative and physiological methods.
  • Opportunities to draw on neuroscience when reflecting on their own experience and practice.

This programme is offered on both a full time and part time basis.

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