Mind Brain and Education


Course Objective

The aims of the course Mind Brain and Education are to provide an
introduction into neuroeducational research, and to learn students to
reflect critically on how neuroscientific research can be translated to
the educational practice.

Course Content

Many scientists, policymakers and teachers share the belief that
knowledge of the brain is relevant to educational practice. Yet,
implementing neuroscientific findings in the classroom is by no means
straightforward. Experts in the different fields seem to speak a
different language. This course will provide an introduction into the
new scientific domain of neuroeducational research. It will highlight
insights from neuroscience that are relevant to educational practice. It
will try to bridge the gap between the two fields. Using examples of
recent interdisciplinary studies, it will demonstrate how diverse
methodological approaches, ranging from neuro-imaging laboratory
experiments used in cognitive neuroscience, to the approaches used in
educational sciences, can be integrated. The course will outline the
ways education can be improved using knowledge of the brain, but also
point to the risks involved in this endeavour, specifically the
proliferation of so-called neuromyths. Topics that will be covered are
for example learning and plasticity, development of cognitive skills
such as reading and math, development of metacognitive and social
skills, neuro-imaging methods (myths and opportunities), and ethical
on the use of neuro-enhancement and early biomarkers of learning

Teaching Methods

Lectures (2 per week)
Tutorials (1 per week, mandatory)

Method of Assessment

Written exam with open-ended questions.


Scientific articles (to be announced later on Canvas).

General Information

Course Code P_BMBEDUC
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator dr. N.M. van Atteveldt
Examiner dr. N.M. van Atteveldt
Teaching Staff dr. N.M. van Atteveldt
dr. A.F. Kortekaas-Rijlaarsdam

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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