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Masters in Educational Practice: Child and adolescent development 0-19

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Neuroscience and education working together

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Education and neuroscience working together

Misconceptions about neuroscience, what neuroscientists are interested in, and how far neuroscience can extend in terms of its application to education, are easy to foster. What is needed to avoid such misconceptions is a new interdisciplinary approach to educational neuroscience (see Wikipedia: Educational neuroscience). Educators have a unique understanding of the environment in which learning occurs and where changes are taking place, for example, in the classroom or around the school. Research provides some answers, but equally education provides some of the key questions to ask.

Knowledge transfer is a multidimensional, active process of ensuring that new knowledge gained through the course of research ultimately improves the lives of people with disabilities, and furthers participation in society.

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDDR; 2005)

There is a growing need for collaborations between neuroscience, psychology and education that embrace insights and understanding from each perspective, and that involve educators and scientists working together at each stage.

Knowledge exchange is collaborative problem-solving between researchers and decision makers that happens through linkage and exchange.

Canadian Health Services Research Foundation

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