Blogs

What can neuroscience teach our teachers?

Mark Blundell
Friday, 12 September 2014 - 9:44am

The latest episode of BBC Radio 4’s series, ‘The Educators’, featured Paul Howard-Jones - a design & technology teacher come neuroscientist - discussing the application of the scientific study of the brain on education. During the interview, a clear challenge to his approach was issued by Charles Hume (professor of psychology at York University), stating that it was ‘a bridge too far’ and ‘too distant to the problems teachers face in the classroom’. I can’t help but disagree. I believe these findings need to be in the hands of educators, and to neglect them poses significant risks....

Barriers to REAL in UK Schools

Site Manager
Thursday, 11 September 2014 - 10:29am

Last month, the REAL Projects coaches came together in London to kick off the 2014-2015 school year. We began by using a tool created by psychologist Kurt Luwin in the 1940’s, the Force Field Analysis to think of all possible things that could stand in the way of successfully bringing REAL Projects into UK schools. We also discussed all the things that will help us be successful. It’s the former that I am going to focus on here. Below I’ve outlined the top five forces that are likely to provide a barrier to the successful implementation of REAL Projects.

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The Educators, Daisy Christodoulou: Skills versus knowledge - we know it can be both

Tom Beresford
Thursday, 4 September 2014 - 5:08pm

 

It feels like educationalists have eternally been in deadlock when it comes to the skills versus knowledge debate. Why can we not devise an education system that promotes pedagogies which satisfy both sides of the aisle? 

 

Daisy Christodoulou argued on Sarah...