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Neuroscience in EducationThe good, the bad, and the ugly$
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Sergio Della Sala and Mike Anderson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199600496

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600496.001.0001

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Neuroscience in education: an (opinionated) introduction

Neuroscience in education: an (opinionated) introduction

(p.3) Chapter 1 Neuroscience in education: an (opinionated) introduction
Neuroscience in Education

Mike Anderson

Sergio Della Sala

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a brief discussion of the gap between neuroscience and education, suggesting that what will ultimately fill the gap is the development of evidence-based education where that base is cognitive psychology. The discussion then turns to the use and misuse of neuroscience in education, opinions versus data, the allure of everything ‘neuro’, developmental neuroscience, brain plasticity, and the concept of ‘critical periods’, i.e., particular time windows whereby children could learn a specific skill.

Keywords:   neuroscience, evidence-based education, cognitive psychology, brain plasticity

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