Mind Brain 2017

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Bring the latest insights from the science of learning into your school and classrooms. The third annual Mind Brain Education conference will give you access to the most up-to-date evidence based science around how we learn. Global experts in neuroscience, psychology and pedagogy will provide you with an understanding of the science and theory as well as providing you with practical ideas and programs which can be implemented in your schools straight away.

It is becoming increasingly obvious that we need to think about our goals for education globally in the face of a changing landscape: the explosion of information available and the pace of change today mean that for students to thrive in the 21st century, success will be defined not by what they know but by the quality of their thinking and their capacity to learn. While as Educators, it is our responsibility to deliver core content, it is the way that students interact with that content, their learning skills, that will define the quality of their education and prepare them best for successful adult life. We know that Educators make the biggest impact on learning and wellbeing so we need to take every opportunity we can to learn about learning and drive individual and school improvement.

How do we learn?

We know it involves thinking. We also know an individual’s capacity to learn is shaped by their biology and by their environment, so insights about learning from neuroscience, psychology and successful teaching practice are vital to becoming better educators. Mind, Brain, Education science can help us to understand how humans learn. It inspires and informs our practice.

  • What happens when we learn?
  • How do we get better at thinking and learning?
  • What stops us from thinking and learning well?
  • How much does the environment of the classroom or the way students feel about themselves affect a student’s ability to think and learn?
  • How do those same factors affect us as educators?
  • Can we teach strategies for learning?
  • How do we put what we know about effective learning into practice?

There is an explosion of information and interest in these questions. How do we as educators and learners ourselves, differentiate between what is popular or exciting from what actually matters and what actually works. The answers need to come from evidence-based practice. We need to look to what research tells us. We must look for evidence of learner outcomes from successful classroom practice. Inspired by schools who are making a difference, our goal for this conference is to bring all these elements together in what promises to be a challenging and rewarding learning experience.