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Brain, Mind and Education (EDUC90873)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeEDUC90873
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This subject will explore the practical application of the emerging field of The Science of Learning (with a particular focus on Educational Neuroscience). The subject will provide students with an understanding of how science can inform classroom practice and how the application of scientific and design methodologies can be implemented in the creation, delivery and evaluation of learning interventions. Specifically, students will learn how neuroscience, psychology, and educational research can - and cannot - be successfully translated into classroom practice. More generally, students will be equipped with the skills to scientifically evaluate the validity of educational, psychological and neuroscientific research. These skills will allow students to become knowledgeable and effective consumers of commercial educational products and methods, enable them to critically reflect on their own teaching effectiveness in a scientifically valid way, and to develop novel and effective teaching practices.
Specifically, the subject will address the following:

  • Applying the science of learning to teaching and learning practices;
  • applying neuroscience to practical human learning;
  • specific learning topics (memory, attention, emotions, feedback, creativity);
  • practical implications of science of learning.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Have a working knowledge of current research in evidence-based learning and teaching strategies;
  • Understand and adapt essential concepts in neuroscience, including memory, attention, emotions, feedback, and creativity;
  • Apply the scientific method to their own professional practice, in order to design, deliver and evaluate learning interventions;
  • Apply educational, psychological and neuroscientific research, as it applies to student outcomes, wellbeing, social and emotional competence, safety and inclusion.

Generic skills

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

  • The ability to critically evaluate scientific literature from a number of academic domains as well as critically evaluate educational programs, systems and products, including commercial offerings, that purport to enhance learning.
  • The ability to work with others to develop and present an evaluation of educationally relevant neuropsychological constructs.
  • The ability to reflect on and develop professional practices.
  • The ability to plan, write, and communicate personal and scientifically supported ideas.

Last updated: 11 November 2018