Networks of the mind: A neurocultural perspective on learning
Kathy Hall, Alicia Curtin, Vanessa Rutherford*
*Corresponding author: Vanessa Rutherford
School of Education, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
F1000Posters 2011, 2: 411 (poster) [ENGLISH]
Poster [1.66 MB]
Wiring the Brain: Making Connections meeting 2011, 12 - 15 Apr 2011, P1.20
This poster is based on our forthcoming book Networks of the Mind: a neurocultural perspective on learning (Routledge, 2012). The work interconnects two complimentary perspectives on learning, sociocultural theory and neuroscience.
The work demonstrates how sociocultural ideas (such as the relevance of experience/opportunity to learn/environment, personal histories, meaning, participation, emotion and feelings of belonging, emotion and memory) align with new understandings and evidence emerging from neuroscience, merging the disciplines of neuroscience and education. Themes such as plasticity and sensitive periods, mirror neurons and common experiences, imitation and culture, mind and brain are especially relevant.
To date sociocultural and neuroscientific perspectives have not been brought together in any clear or concise way and this work clearly shows a) the value of connecting these two perspectives b) the importance of filtering lessons from sociocultural and neuroscience perspectives into educational policy and practice and c) the contemporary need for evidence-based approaches to education and learning, nationally and internationally.
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