It is not easy to involve students with a different learning pace. In order to engage students, it is crucial to understand how the human brain works during the learning process. This has made teachers more excited than ever in recent years to use brain research to guide their work in the classroom. Therefore, neuroeducation was needed to find a workable approach to integrate scientific knowledge into teaching and learning. Neuroeducation is all about creating, implementing and experimenting with new approaches to maximize student learning in the classroom.
It studies the brain underpinnings of reading, mathematical cognition and attention and the educational challenges associated with learning skills, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and ADHD. It makes educational practices more informed by integrating the most recent discoveries in neuroscience, psychology and cognitive science. It is backed by proven research that the brain is adaptive throughout its life cycle, mirror neurons allow it to mimic and understand the actions around us, emotional arousal promotes sustainable learning, and stimulation of the five senses makes the brain more capable stilt.
The aim of this emerging field is to design curricula and teaching methods using the scientific method accompanied by efforts to develop a more fact-based, objective understanding of learning.
Role in transforming education
Neuroeducation demonstrates the importance of sleep, healthy nutrition, exercise and variation in education for functions such as memory formation, retention, enhancement of cognitive capacities and effective learning. It can transform education in the following ways:
Personalized learning experience for each student is one of the cornerstones of neuroscience. It will help overcome learning challenges. And eventually, it may become possible to demonstrate greater self-control due to the revelation that the brain possesses self-regulatory systems.
An adaptive and socially motivating environment
Conventional teaching techniques, such as live lectures, one-size-fits-all instruction, memory-based testing, etc., have all been scrutinized by neuroeducation. An environment that enables neuroeducation adapts to the needs of students and helps to better understand social and emotional intelligence, a must for the well-being of children, to enable stronger emotional intelligence in next generations. It also promotes obstacles and stimuli to stimulate areas of the brain that support learning.
It stimulates brain-stimulating and synaptic activities, including music, memory games, and hands-on thinking exercises. It promotes short and varied lessons and identifies that long training sessions and too much information overload the memory, making learning difficult. It promotes arts training that benefits learning in all areas, including cognitive, emotional and social skills. In addition, it encourages incremental acquisition of information rather than all at once to increase the understanding and development of new neurons.
Technology and improved learning tools
It has influenced teachers to adopt various new teaching techniques of technology integration, social engagement and continuous learning and enables students to approach problems differently instead of remembering just one solution. For example, integrating technology into the classroom to improve instruction for young students on the autistic spectrum.
Improved Childhood Development
Understanding how inequality in learning manifests itself in infants’ brains may ultimately help us address and treat learning-related challenges. A comprehensive map of human synapses can help to better understand learning, inform preschool education, and create biological solutions for improving child development.
Neuroeducation promotes continuous learning that prevents the loss of brain plasticity, which is lost over time due to the absence of continuous learning. It is aimed at finding a solution to maintain the passion for learning after the first years.
For medical students, neuroscience-based technologies that improve sensorimotor processing, motor memory and alertness will be crucial in improving their ability to perform complex medical procedures with greater skill in the coming years.
The use of educational neuroscience was one of the most progressive strategies to improve our educational systems around 2000. However, the predicted upheaval did not really come to pass. Even today it is challenged, with issues such as practicalities associated with its implementation, the absence of psychological mechanisms to accommodate the brain scan findings, etc.
Neuroeducation is still in its infancy and is not a panacea, but nevertheless its use is expected to contribute to the development of effective learning systems. The only choice is to keep hope in his contribution to education, because improvement in education is much needed, because it is the only method that significantly exceeds the use of drugs or other forms of technology to improve cognitive function.
The above views are those of the author.
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