Social Media Sidebar

Announcement

Please sign up, comment on articles and bring your friends!

Current poll

PlanetTech is asking:

What do you think about our new web site?

Love it, indeed
Really good solution
Same as old one
The old one was better
This is a new option

Quote of the day

'By far the greatest danger of Artificial Intelligence is that people conclude too early that they understand it'

 

Eliezer Yudkowsky

How myths about the brain are hampering teaching

RATE THIS! +18
Posted in Science on 17th Oct, 2014 07:37 PM by AlexMuller

A quarter of teachers in the UK believe a student’s brain would shrink if they drank less than six to eight glasses of water a day, while around half of those surveyed believe a student’s brain is only 10 per cent active. Over 70 per cent of teachers in all countries wrongly believe a student is either left-brained or right-brained, peaking at 91 per cent in the UK.

 

 And almost all teachers (over 90 per cent in each country) feel that teaching to a student’s preferred learning style, auditory, kinaesthetic or visual, is helpful, despite no convincing evidence to support this approach. The new research from the University of Bristol, published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, calls for better communication between neuroscientists and educators. “These ideas are often sold to teachers as based on neuroscience, but modern neuroscience cannot be used support them,” said Paul Howard-Jones, author of the article, from Bristol University’s Graduate School of Education. “These ideas have no educational value and are often associated with poor practice in the classroom.”

 
The report blames wishfulness, anxiety, and a bias towards simple explanations as typical factors that distort neuroscientific fact into neuromyth. “Sometimes, transmitting ‘boiled-down’ messages about the brain to educators can just lead to misunderstanding, and confusions about concepts such as brain plasticity are common in discussions about education policy.”

Tags: brainbiologyteachingscienceneuroscience

Read original article » Back to category

Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-10-18
+1
Education is the area of great importance as determines future and what the next generation can achieve. There is so much that teachers have to do and there is a clear overload of demands - one should think of good ways to help them to understand new learning concepts Reply


 

Recent headlines

  • Posted in Hardware on 2017-03-23 21:29:30
    A brain-computer interface for controlling VR with your mind..read more
    Posted in Business on 2017-03-23 21:17:44
    One Powerful Way the U.S. Could Boost Solar Adoption..read more
    Posted in Medicine on 2017-03-23 21:12:51
    Old blood can be made young again and it might fight aging..read more
    Posted in Science on 2017-03-22 07:41:30
    'Smallsats' open up new planetary frontier..read more
    Posted in Science on 2017-03-22 07:36:45
    Trump signs NASA funding bill, sets goal of human on Mars..read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-10 01:33
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-20 07:17
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Software on 2013-10-20 06:43
Pirate Bay Browser Clocks 1,000,000 Downloads..read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-10 02:10
Google reportedly investing hundreds of millions into new.....read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-14 03:13
Endothelial Cells Can Repair and Regenerate Organs,.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Staring at Your Phone Could Be Making You Short Sighted..read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Oculus Rift virtual reality headset coming to mobile, but.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Delivering drugs via nanoparticles to target mitochondria..read more

Recent Blog Posts

  • Posted by AlexMuller
    Intensive medical treatment can reverse type 2 diabetes..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Daily consumption of tea protects the elderly from cognitive.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    New analysis method of metabolites accurately predicts whether.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Unproven stem cell 'therapy' blinds three patients at Florida.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Indigenous South American group has healthiest arteries of all.....read more

Login to your Account

Login to your PlanetTech Account here

Username:
Password:
Remember me
or

Create a New Account

You just need username and password

The following errors occured:
Username:
Email:
Password:
Verify password:
Remember me