News from the Neurosciences

Various authors, Oct 07, 2004
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The author asks, "How would it affect educational systems if everyone truly believed that the human brain could change structurally and functionally as a result of learning and experience--for better or worse?" My own research - reserach that can be extended through the many resources on this site - has already convinced me that neural structures are, as they say, plastic. For me what this means is that learning based on the fostering of habits is more important than learning based on transmission of facts, that, indeed, the facts aren't that important at all, not nearly as important modelling effective practice, paying attention to environment, immersive, experiential based education. Via elearnspace.
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