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LEARNING TO ENGAGE THE BRAIN

Research project We investigate different teaching–learning approaches, with an emphasis on students as active learners. This focus is on par with international school reforms advocating a transition from seeing students as relatively passive learners, to instead stressing active participation

The purpose of the proposed project is to build on the established research platform including educational science, cognitive neuroscience and cognitive psychology and address fundamental questions arising in educational science and pertaining to the cognitive neuroscience of children's and adolescents' learning. The specific aim of this project is to investigate the relations between active and passive types of learning and cognitive proficiency. The main hypothesis is that active learning is advantageous independently of cognitive proficiency. Within two projects practice testing” and students “own construction of solutions” we investigate the effects of active learning approaches in both behavioral and functional magnetic resonance imaging studies (fMRI).

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Project overview

Project period:

2015-01-01 2019-12-31

Funding

The Swedish Research Council, 2015-2019: SEK 12,689,000

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences

Research subject

Educational sciences, Neurosciences, Psychology