Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
The concept of 'brain-based teaching', strictly speaking, doesn't make sense, argues this column. "We educators tended to blindly follow the instructional advice of those who seemed to understand brain processes. We were thus vulnerable to bogus claims that brain research had validated this or that curricular program or instructional strategy." I believe that what I have to say about learning is supported by brain research - but I would be very hesitant to say that it is brain-based, because knowledge about learning involves more than just the neural processes in a brain, and is validated differently than in the biological sciences.

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