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Foundations of the Science of Learning (EDUC90872)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeEDUC90872
Semester 1
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This subject will explore the philosophical, theoretical, and practical foundations of the emerging field of The Science of Learning (with a particular focus on Educational Neuroscience). The focus of this subject will be how an understanding of the mechanisms of learning can meaningfully inform and improve pedagogical practice and learning outcomes. This subject will provide students with a broad understanding of the scientific method, the importance of neurophilosophy, an appreciation of the important brain/mind question in education, and the tenets of a successful educational philosophy. More generally, students will also learn scientific principles, and so be equipped with the skills to scientifically evaluate the validity of educational, psychological and neuroscientific arguments.
Specifically, the subject will explore the following:

  • Essential concepts of scientific methods;
  • neuroimaging and brain research;
  • neuroscience as it applies to human learning;
  • neurophilosophy and the brain/mind problem;
  • theoretical and philosophical implications of science of learning, particularly the neuroscience of learning and teaching philosophies

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Understand and effectively evaluate educational psychological, and neuroscientific literature relevant to learning;
  • Understand essential concepts in neuroscience, including brain structure and function, neural correlates of learning, and cognitive development;
  • Understand the scientific method in order to empirically evaluate effective learning interventions;
  • Understand educational, psychological, and neuroscientific research, particularly in the social, emotional, and interpersonal domains.

Generic skills

Through completing this subject, graduates will develop the following set of key transferable skills:

  • Critical/Analytical Thinking & Problem Solving (the ability to critically evaluate scientific literature from a number of academic domains).
  • Communication Skills (the ability to develop and present an educationally relevant evaluation).
  • Self-Awareness (will reflect on and consider personal theories and beliefs on teaching, learning, and practice).
  • Planning & Written Communication

Last updated: 3 April 2019