Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

School of Education Research Seminar Series

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Glasgow Room, Harcourt Hill Campus


The Credentials of Brain-Based Learning with speaker Dr Andrew Davis

Andrew Davis discusses the current fashion for brain-based learning and asks whether brain science can have the &aphos;authority&aphos; that some seek to give it. He considers whether the claim that brain science is relevant to learning involves a category mistake, and argues that the contribution of neuroscience to our grasp on the nature of learning is limited in principle.

Dr Andrew Davis is Honorary Research Fellow at Durham University. He is the author of "To Read or not to Read: decoding Synthetic Phonics" and "A Monstrous Regimen of Synthetic Phonics: Fantasies of Research-Based Teaching ‘Methods’ Versus Real Teaching". Other publications include "The Limits of Educational Assessment" and "New Philosophies of Learning".