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The 21st century is offering a new set of challenges and opportunities for education. This event took a forward-facing approach to the future by exploring two areas of activity likely to drive change (cognitive neuroscience and climate change education). It examined the role of cognitive neuroscience in initial teacher education and in empowering teachers with a critical understanding of their practice. The event looked at climate change education as an area of curriculum in urgent need of development, examining various possibilities for change, informed by recently collected data revealing the views of teachers. Finally, the event analysed the potential role of cognitive neuroscience in developing and implementing a new climate change curriculum. This last presentation provides an in-depth example of how the burgeoning sciences of the mind and brain may support education in the 21st century.

Chair

Tim Jay

Centre for Mathematical Cognition at Loughborough University

Tim Jay researches the psychology of mathematics education. His main focus is on using design research methods to translate insights from psychology and neuroscience to create new findings and impact in formal and informal education contexts. He...

Speakers

Annette Garrett-Cox, MSc (Neuroscience and Education)

Research Associate at the University of Bristol & Lecturer at Bath Spa University. Annette is a specialist teacher and leader of mathematics across the developmental stages of childhood, a provider of professional development for schools and a...

Kendra McMahon, Dr

Reader in Education at Bath Spa University

Kendra has a long-standing interest in science education. Recently this has involved interdisciplinary work with colleagues on the role of ‘the learning sciences’ in initial teacher education. The resulting open-access resources can be found...

Paul Howard-Jones, Professor

Professor of Neuroscience and Education at School of Education, University of Bristol

Paul’s work has been focusing on issues at the interface of cognitive neuroscience and educational theory, practice and policy. He has applied diverse research methods from computational brain imaging studies to classroom observations in order...

David Sands, Dr

Lecturer at University of Bristol

David was appointed to the post of lecturer in leadership and management in September 2018, having worked previously as an academic associate at IOE, UCL. He teaches on the BSc Education Studies course, the MSc Education programme, and is...