EDCT 5740 - Neuroscience and Pedagogy
Course DescriptionThis course is designed to give students an overview of current research in the field of neuroscience and explain how such research can impact classroom instruction. Students will learn the scientific evidence which backs up teaching practices regarding attention, memory, metacognition, emotions and learning, as well as findings for working with students in special education and adolescents. This is more than a brain-based course for educators. This course will give you deep knowledge that allows you to take the next steps in improving your teaching practice.
By the end of the course participants will:
- Understand the basics of how research is conducted in the fields of neuroscience and education.
- Understand the research findings regarding brain function that are behind some popular beliefs and misconceptions about learning, memory and students with disabilities.
- Have reviewed and critically analyzed research in the fields of education and neuroscience.
- Be able to reflect on one's own teaching pedagogy and record data on new interventions based on suggestions from research.
NotesThis course is available for variable credits. Please check section information to ensure you are registering for the desired number of credits.
Testimonials“As for what I found most beneficial about this course, it would have to be confidence in myself! Sorry if that’s not the most academic answer but it’s heartfelt and true. I tackled a new concept with lots of large, new terminology and I will now be able to renew my teaching license. One thing I appreciated about the course was the variety in assignments. Sometimes it was a reading and a summary and other times we made charts and filled in information. Having multiple ways of answering comprehension questions is helpful to me. And there was flexibility in the assignments, too, which I love because then I can get creative and do what works for my learning style [or wait, maybe that’s just me “taking more responsibility for my learning” (p.67)]. Anyway, thank you for your support and encouragement when responding to my assignment submissions.” —TINT Student
“This course was extremely interesting--I found myself sharing the things I learned with colleagues and friends in conversation--and I thought the book did a great job of explaining some very heady concepts in digestible language. [...] As with any course, what helps me the most is when I’m prompted to connect the learning to my actual classroom practices; those prompts throughout the course were very helpful!” —TINT Student
“I found the reflections that accompanied each chapter to be the most beneficial part of the course because it allowed me to really plan and think through how I would use what I had just read about. Thank you so much for your prompt grades and comments, I felt that you were very supportive.” —TINT Student