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Neuroscience For Educators: What Are They Seeking, And What Are They Finding?, Cayce J. Hook, Martha J. Farah Aug 2013

Neuroscience For Educators: What Are They Seeking, And What Are They Finding?, Cayce J. Hook, Martha J. Farah

Neuroethics Publications

What can neuroscience offer to educators? Much of the debate has focused on whether basic research on the brain can translate into direct applications within the classroom. Accompanying ethical concern has centered on whether neuroeducation has made empty promises to educators. Relatively little investigation has been made into educators’ expectations regarding neuroscience research and how they might find it professionally useful. In order to address this question, we conducted semi-structured interviews with 13 educators who were repeat attendees of the Learning & the Brain conferences. Responses suggest that ‘brain based’ pedagogical strategies are not all that is sought; indeed, respondents were more often drawn to the conference out of curiosity about the brain than a desire to ...