Neuroscience and Education


Course Objective

The aim of the course Neuroscience and Education is to provide students
with the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate and conduct research
at the interface between neuroscience and education.

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. This course will focus on the interdisciplinary
knowledge and skills needed to integrate neuroscientific and educational
approaches and to translate neuroscientific research to educational
practice. Students will learn how to integrate diverse methodological
approaches, ranging from the highly controlled laboratory experiments to
approaches with more ecological validity. During the whole course,
students are encouraged to critically reflect on the current
enthusiasm for a brain-based education. In this context, the course will
specifically discuss the proliferation of neuromyths and the ethical
issues arising from the neuroeducational approach.

Teaching Methods

Lectures and tutorials

Method of Assessment

Written exam with open-end questions (50%); research proposal (50%).


A selection of relevant articles, to be announced.

Additional Information

This course is taught every two years. It will be taught in 2018-19,
but not in 2019-20

General Information

Course Code P_MNEURED
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
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

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture