New Centre to research science of learning
University of Melbourne education researchers will help shape the new Science of Learning Research Centre which will use scientific methods including neuroscience and psychology to improve our understanding of learning.
Notes that many educators have mastered the art of transferring knowledge to the brains of students, but youth today need more than just information.
Students need knowledge combined with the capacities to evaluate and maneuver information while thinking critically and analytically. The Centre proposes to be on the cutting edge of this next phase of education.
The Commonwealth of Australia brings $16 million to the project combined with private and institutional donations, operating on the idea that effective learning methods will be improved when juxtaposed with new science of learning processes.
They propose to explore factors that influence efficient learning in the context of educational neuroscience. In effect, they are merging the disciplines of neuroscience and theory of eduction to enhance student learning.
With the collaboration of scientific researchers and educators, great potential discoveries about learning await, with the financial backing to make it happen. Among other advances, they foresee high-tech, newly designed classrooms that will be used for experimentation on collaborative campuses so that scientists can measure accurately the cognitive, psychological, and social ways we learn.
Because these classrooms will be strictly controlled environments, scientists will be able to accurately measure the students as they learn in different circumstances. The project offers the hope of joining educational theory with neuroscience in a productive way that has yet to be accomplished because of academic boundaries and funding.
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Source is Education.UniMelb.Edu.Au
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