Mind in the Making

The sentiment expressed here, that the “mind is created in the process”, is the underlying premise behind the concept of neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the brain’s abilities to make new connections between brain cells and essentially make new learning through events and experience. This occurs during the normal development of the brain as well as (and often most easily and keenly observed) in cases of brains compensating for traumatic injury. The concept of neuroplasticity is extremely important for education as it underscores the idea that intelligence is not a fixed entity but rather is developed and created over time and through a variety of experiences and interactions.

Carol Dweck has done numerous experiments testing this theory as well as the effect that knowing about neuroplasticity can have on the ability of children to learn ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_Dweck ).

 

Several universities including Harvard, MIT, and UC Santa Barbara have dedicated considerable resources to linking the knowledge about brain development and the knowledge about teaching and learning. Jointly they host several conferences per year entitled Learning and the Brain ( http://www.edupr.com/ ) and Harvard currently offers a master’s degree in the field (http://www.gse.harvard.edu/academics/masters/mbe/index.html .

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