Towards brain based learning

Knowing how memory and the learning process work will result in a more complete education system.

Neuroeducation is defined as an education system that is based on principles of the neurosciences. It results in an education system that is built upon how the brain works.

Technology and advances in science and research have enabled us to peer into the smallest workings of memory, learning, brain development and networks.

It only makes sense that findings of this new research be incorporated into new educational practices.

Knowledge of the learning process and memory formation is and should be crucial to teaching practices in learning spaces.

However, neuroscientists have differing opinions as to when neural circuitry and brain networks are formed. Some advocate that neural networks are formed in early childhood, and perhaps to the early teenage years, while others propose it to be a lifelong process.

The brain is born with lots of redundant circuitry and cells, and a “pruning” process takes place during the developmental stage. This process is crucial in order to maintain an efficient brain.

There appears to be consensus that maximum efficiency and performance is during early childhood.

Need for experts

Children’s brains are most ready to learn and most eager for a high level of understanding and clarity. Therefore, childhood education should be delivered by the greatest expertise available.

by Dr Theva Nithy.

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