Neuroeducation - Vision for education - #Neuroed2013Rather than change the way we teach, what is needed is toinclude cognitive programs as part of the curriculum sothat students spend part of the day training their brains– the very organ they use to learn the curriculum andthat they need when learning how to learn. Educationbecomes neuroeducation – the perfect marriage betweenneuroscience and education – and it will be aboutchanging the capacity of the learner to learn as they learn.Through this partnership, the capacity to learn becomesas important as what is being taught.
Barbara Arrowsmith-Young is recognised as the creator of one of the first practical treatment applicationsusing the principles of neuroplasticity. As the founderof the Arrowsmith Program, she began using these principles in 1978 to develop cognitive programs to deal with learning disorders, first starting with her own debilitating set of brain deficits. In her presentation she will talk about her journey of discovery, the lines of research she combined and the outcomes achievedover her 30-plus years as an educator and researcher.
She will describe a number of learning disorders, fromthose that affect the learner in school to those thataffect us in life. She will discuss ‘cognitive glitches’ –those areas of weakness that we are all familiar with and often explain away by saying, ‘I am just not goodat navigating/recognising faces/[fill in the blank]’.
She will discuss ‘cognitive mismatches’ – situations we find ourselves in where the demand of the taskis incompatible with our cognitive functioningand the challenges this presents. The nature of thetransformation that occurs as the function of deficitareas are stimulated through cognitive exercises will be presented.