Infusing Neuroscience Into Teacher Professional Development

Sep. 01, 2013

Source: Educational Researcher 42(6), 317-329. August/September 2013

Bruer advocated connecting neuroscience and education indirectly through the intermediate discipline of psychology.
The authors argue that the neurobiology of learning, and in particular the core concept of plasticity, have the potential to directly transform teacher preparation and professional development, and ultimately to affect how students think about their own learning.

The authors present a case study of how the core concepts of neuroscience can be brought to in-service teachers—the BrainU workshops.
They then discuss how neuroscience can be meaningfully integrated into pre-service teacher preparation, focusing on institutional and cultural barriers.

Updated: Jan. 19, 2014