Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The scientifically substantiated art of teaching: A study in the development of standards in the new academic field of neuroeducation (mind, brain, and education science)
by Tokuhama-Espinosa, Tracey Noel, Ph.D., Capella University, 2008, 624; 3310716
Abstract (Summary)

Concepts from neuroeducation, commonly referred in the popular press as "brain-based learning," have been applied indiscreetly and inconsistently to classroom teaching practices for many years. While standards exist in neurology, psychology and pedagogy, there are no agreed upon standards in their intersection, neuroeducation, and a formal bridge linking the fields is missing. This study used grounded theory development to determine the parameters of the emerging neuroeducational field based on a meta-analysis of the literature over the past 30 years, which included over 2,200 documents. This research results in a new model for neuroeducation. The design of the new model was followed by a Delphi survey of 20 international experts from six different countries that further refined the model contents over several months of reflection. Finally, the revised model was compared to existing information sources, including popular press, peer review journals, academic publications, teacher training textbooks and the Internet, to determine to what extent standards in neuroeducation are met in the current literature.

This study determined that standards in the emerging field, now labeled Mind, Brain, and Education: The Science of Teaching and Learning after the Delphi rounds, are the union of standards in the parent fields of neuroscience, psychology, and education. Additionally, the Delphi expert panel agreed upon the goals of the new discipline, its history, the thought leaders, and a model for judging quality information. The study culminated in a new model of the academic discipline of Mind, Brain, and Education science, which explains the tenets, principles and instructional guidelines supported by the meta-analysis of the literature and the Delphi response.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kays, Elena
Commitee: Francis, Bruce, Hanfelt, Pamela, Wolfe, Patricia
School: Capella University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 69/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Teacher education, Science education, Curricula, Teaching
Keywords: Brain-based education, Brain-based learning, Educational neuropsychology, Educational neuroscience, Mind, brain, and education, Mind, brain, and education science, Neuroeducation, Standards
Publication Number: 3310716
ISBN: 9780549589099
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