Educational neuroscience

I am passionate about educational neuroscience, a relatively new interdisciplinary scientific endeavour that aims to discover more about the science behind all things relating to teaching and learning, with the ultimate goal of improving and supporting learning for everyone.

Educational neuroscience takes evidence from developmental psychology, educational science, cognitive neuroscience, learning technology, computational modelling, genetics, and any other relevant science to take a holistic approach to understanding the learning process.

This endeavour relies on scientists of different backgrounds, and teachers, working together. Communication and collaboration are key words in educational neuroscience: researchers and teachers must work closely together in order to ensure that research is relevant to the classroom and can advance scientific theories.

Here is a list of useful educational neuroscience resources:

Societies

The European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) have a Special Interest Group on Neuroscience and Education (SIG 22). Their website and Twitter @EarliSig22 contain updates about the SIG, including their biennial conference.

The International Mind, Brain, and Education Society (IMBES) also holds a biennial conference which is usually in the US. Follow their updates on Twitter @IMBESoc.

Learnus are a UK-based community who hold conferences and offer free workshops for teachers, to share what is known about neuroscience in relation to learning.

Websites

The University of London's Centre for Educational Neuroscience website hosts resources including Neuro-hit or Neuro-myth? and they advertise seminars that are open to all and held in central London.

The Learning Zone was an online event supported by the Wellcome Trust that initially took place in 2015, then ran for 6 months in 2018. On the site you can find information on various topics, such as Mindsets and Metacognition, Q&As between teachers and scientists, and transcripts from fascinating live text chats.

The Learning Scientists provide information for teachers and students about learning science, in the form of blog posts, videos, a podcast, and posters. They can also be found on Twitter @AceThatTest where they host chats on learning science.

The Jacobs Foundation's Blog on Learning and Development (BOLD) hosts short blog posts on a range of topics relating to educational neuroscience from experts in the field. They also have an interactive introduction to educational neuroscience.

The NPJ Science of Learning community hosts posts from scientists and teachers about all topics relating to learning science.