Cognitive neuroscience foundations for the learning sciences

Sashank Varma, Soo Hyun Im, Astrid Schmied, Kasey Michel, Keisha Varma

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Both cognitive neuroscience and the learning sciences are roughly 25 years old. Both address fundamental questions about how people think - and learn to think - about complex domains such as mathematics and science. This raises the question of what, if anything, cognitive neuroscience has to offer the learning sciences? This chapter first reviews the dominant methods of cognitive neuroscience. It then sketches a view of thinking and learning in the brain. Next, it presents a case study of the insights that cognitive neuroscience is providing into mathematical thinking, learning, and instruction. Finally, it considers obstacles to applying cognitive neuroscience findings to research problems in the learning sciences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Handbook of the Learning Sciences
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781317208365
ISBN (Print)9781138670594
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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