When Galileo first turned his telescope to the night sky in the early 1600’s he was able to truly observe how celestial objects moved. And he realized that existing theories about the heavens did not align with what he saw.
We now live in times when the mechanisms of learning can be observed in the brain. Will the emerging findings of neuroscience research force us to adjust our theories about how learning works? Will we have to adapt the methods we use to research learning?
I have been teaching a new course called Neuroscience and Engineering Education Research that explores these questions. I will post some of my thoughts about the alignment of educational and research science research here. And I have invited students in the course to post as well.