Study: Neuroscience myths persist among teachers

October 31, 2014

Looks like some teachers may need to refresh their neuroscience knowledge.

A recent study, “Neuroscience and Education: Myths and Messages,” from a researcher at the University of Bristol revealed that many teachers believe incorrect myths about how their students’ brains work. Dr. Paul Howard-Jones surveyed more than 900 teachers from Turkey, Greece, China, the United Kingdom and Holland about seven commonly held myths about the learning process and showed how these beliefs ‘hamper effective teaching.’

Among the findings:

picture of brain
How much do you know about the brain? “brain 2” from J E Theriot is licensed under CC by 2.0.

The report highlights the barriers to access for many educators trying to find relevant neuroscience research, including paywalls for popular journals and the highly complex format of the research.

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