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The principles and practices of educational neuroscience: Commentary on Bowers (2016)

Laurillard, DM; (2016) The principles and practices of educational neuroscience: Commentary on Bowers (2016). Psychological Review , 123 (5) pp. 620-627. 10.1037/rev0000036. Green open access

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Abstract

In his recent critique of Educational Neuroscience, Bowers argues that neuroscience has no role to play in informing education, which he equates with classroom teaching. Neuroscience, he suggests, adds nothing to what we can learn from psychology. In this commentary, we argue that Bowers' assertions misrepresent the nature and aims of the work in this new field. We suggest that, by contrast, psychological and neural levels of explanation complement rather than compete with each other. Bowers' analysis also fails to include a role for educational expertise – a guiding principle of our new field. On this basis, we conclude that his critique is potentially misleading. We set out the well-documented goals of research in Educational Neuroscience, and show how, in collaboration with educators, significant progress has already been achieved, with the prospect of even greater progress in the future.

Type: Article
Title: The principles and practices of educational neuroscience: Commentary on Bowers (2016)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1037/rev0000036
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/rev0000036
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 APA. This article may not exactly replicate the authoritative document published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record
Keywords: Educational neuroscience, education, instruction, neuroscience, mind, brain, and education
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1496067
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