NEURODIDACTICS – A NEW STIMULUS IN ICT AND COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION
University Klagenfurt (AUSTRIA)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2011 Proceedings
Publication year: 2011
Conference name: 5th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-9 March, 2011
Location: Valencia, Spain
Abstract:Due to the progresses in neuroscience and brain-research in the last decades a new interdisciplinary research field was created: Neurodidactics. It is an interface between neuroscience, didactics, pedagogy and psychology. It tries to work out principles and proposals for effective learning and teaching based on the findings of brain-research. Not all of them are new, but they confirm the theories and principles of the progressive pedagogy (like Montessori) and prove why they are effective.
This presentation shall summarize the main principles of neurodidactics and describe how to influence the memory process by considering some functions and mechanisms of the memory system in human brain.
By now there are various concepts and proposals from the field of neurodidactics. There are methods like discovery learning or learning by teaching, which integrate some of the neurodidactical principles. But there are missing concrete suggestions for the practical employment in the classroom and the evaluation of these methods.
So the paper will also present some ideas for the practical use of neurodidactical principles by giving examples of ICT and computer science education. The benefit of this way of teaching will be evaluated in a future study.
Keywords: Neurodidactics, brain-based learning, ICT, technology, computer science education, progressive pedagogy.