Neuroscience in Education: The Myths and Realities

by Helmut Eder

Neuroscience and education are becoming ever closer, with the latest findings from the science starting to influence how teachers and other educators approach their profession. It is sometimes called “neuroeducation” for short. With neuroscience uncovering more about how the brain works and our preoccupation with how to teach and learn more effectively, it was almost inevitable that the two fields would meet. But not everyone’s happy. In fact in some quarters the application of ‘unproven’ or ‘misunderstood’ neuroscience has been getting very bad press. What’s the myth and what’s the reality?

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