Education as Applied Neurobiology:
Students and Teachers As Story Tellers/Listeners/Exchangers

Changing Pedagogies in Math and Science Education
22 January 2004


The student (and teacher and ...) as brain

The Brain - is wider than the Sky -
For - put them side by side -
The one the other will contain
With ease - and You - beside-
.......... Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Education as applied neurobiology

http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/bb/brainpsychoanal.html
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/bb
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/local/suminst/bbi03)

Science as "getting it less wrong" ... and common to all


"Science" as story-telling and revising, common to all
Education as story telling and revising

A Vision of Science (and Science Education) in the 21st Century:Everybody "Getting It Less Wrong" Together

http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_cult/bridges/3dstory.html
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_cult/truth.html
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/~pgrobste/pragmatism.html
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/biology/b103/f01/science.html
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/local/suminst/eei01/pginquiry)

The brain as a story-teller:
from a "reflex machine" to a semi-autonomous, evolving, creative agent

Biology 202, Neurobiology and Behavior
K-12 Summer Institute)
Some relevant observations
Using the loop in practice
Using the loop in practice II

Part of a new perspective: the inside/outside/inside loop
(http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_edu/brainedparallels.html)


The Brain as Modeller AND Story Teller: Evidence for the creative, bipartite brain

(http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/bb/blindspot1.html)


(http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/bb/freewill1.html)

The inside loop (conscious/unconscious, I-function/tacit, metaphorical/metonymic)

http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/~pgrobste/artscience/
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/bb/ambigfig
Getting It Less Wrong, The Brain's Way: Science, Pragmatism, and Multiplism

The Brain as a Story Teller/Listener/Sharer

http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_cult/csem/f01/CsemTalk.html
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/bb/reflections/upa/UPApaper.html
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/local/suminst

Theorizing Interdisciplinarity

Making the Unconscious Conscious, and Vice Versa: A Bi-directional Bridge Between Neuroscience/Cognitive Science and Psychotherapy?

The public/private loop

Thinking About Education in Terms of the Brain


From Discussion Following

Is the "tabula rasa" style of education an essential prelude to the looping style? Am I advocating complete "exploratory" education?

There ISN'T a maturational prerequisite for "exploratory" education (language learned that way)
There IS a need for structure to support exploratory education, its not enough to just put people in unknown environment.
Structure/environment do depend on "developmentally appropriate factors; one shouldn't try and educate people by allowing them to explore an atomic energy commission laboratory
One may need "tabula rasa" type education first if one wants people to be able to explore things that they are not yet equipped to explore (AEC laboratory)
But (from audience) using "tabula rasa" type education has a price, it lessens the ability/inclination of students to learn in looping mode.




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