Brain-based Learning: Beliefs and Practice in one Australian Primary School Implementing a Neuroscience Pedagogical Framework

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Deans, Christina and Larsen, Ellen. 2022. "Brain-based Learning: Beliefs and Practice in one Australian Primary School Implementing a Neuroscience Pedagogical Framework." Australian Journal of Teacher Education. 47 (10), pp. 18-38.
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Brain-based Learning: Beliefs and Practice in one Australian Primary School Implementing a Neuroscience Pedagogical Framework

ERA Journal ID20742
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsDeans, Christina and Larsen, Ellen
Journal TitleAustralian Journal of Teacher Education
Journal Citation47 (10), pp. 18-38
Article Number2
Number of Pages22
Year2022
PublisherEdith Cowan University
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN0313-5373
Web Address (URL)https://ro.ecu.edu.au/ajte/vol47/iss10/2
Abstract

Pedagogy grounded in neuroscience is an influential approach in Australian schools, despite concerns regarding teachers’ beliefs in several neuromyths that go on to pervade their practice. This paper reports on a small study that explored teachers’ beliefs and implementation of brain-based learning in one Australian primary school whose pedagogy is specifically underpinned by neuroscience. Survey data collected from 14 teachers were analysed using simple descriptive statistics and content analysis. Findings indicated that these teachers, despite having some accurate brain-based knowledge, were still prone to endorsing common neuromyths regardless of the school’s teaching and learning framework, years at the school, overall teaching experience or level of qualification, with beliefs influencing classroom practice whether correct or misinformed. Further, school professional learning and universities were listed as primary sources of information for these teachers. This study underscores the importance of schools and universities providing opportunities for timely and up-to-date professional learning.

Keywordsbrain-based learning; pedagogy; neuromyths; neuroeducation; neuroscience; professional learning
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ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390102. Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
390307. Teacher education and professional development of educators
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