Debunking Educational Myths
Required Readings for Paper:
Please cite at least two sources from required reading.
Note: You will choose one of these articles to read for the end-of-week assignment.
Improving Students’ Learning with Effective Learning Techniques (Dunlosky, Rawson, March, Nathan, & Willingham, 2013) [PDF]
Neuroscience for Educators: What Are They Seeking, and What Are They Finding? (Hook & Farah, 2012) [PDF]
Debunking Brain Myths (Carey, 2015)
Criteria for this assignment:
Part of looking at this issue is the role of cognitive science and brain-based learning in the classroom.
In this assignment you will compare your own understanding of the pros and cons with research on myths about this kind of learning.
Complete the following assignment using the information in this week’s readings in the text, one of the article choices in the Required Studies, and two articles from Debunking Brain Myths
1. Choose ONE of the following:
Select one myth and clearly identify what we know to be accurate and inaccurate about that idea. Tie this to your reading about how people learn and how neuroscience or cognitive science concepts have been appropriated for educational use.
Dig deeper into an issue you uncovered in the reading about the different opinions and concepts present in this field. Rather than a specific myth, you may choose a broader issue (e.g., how teachers are taught about cognitive science and brain-based learning, how professional development has impacted this work, how ideas get from neuroscience researchers to teachers).