Sam Dekker and others surveyed a large sample of teachers who reported being interested in neuroscience. The results are intriguing:
- these teachers scored fairly high on the test overall. On average, they answered 70% of the items correctly.
- BUT (and this is a great big but) these teachers seemed to be MORE likely to believe several myths about learning and the brain, including:
- "students learn better/faster when they receive information via their preferred "learning style"
- there are left-brain and right-brain learners
- co-ordination exercises improve the integration of function between the hemispheres"
There was also a positive correlation between higher scores on knowledge items about the brain and belief in these myths! The authors suggest that teacher training programs do a better job incorporating factual information about the biology of learning into their programs.
posted by Rob McEntarffer