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Sunday, November 27, 2011

New 'science of learning' could reinvent teaching techniques


Scientists are quietly tackling education issues, offering up new tools, new approaches and even a new discipline.
"New insights from many different fields are converging to create a new science of learning that may transform educational practices," begins a report led by Andrew Meltzoff, co-director of the University of Washington's Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences in Seattle. The review in the current Science journal makes the case that psychologists, neuroscientists, roboticists and teachers should create a new field that combines everything from how brains grow to how classrooms work into a new kind of learning research.

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