Seventh International School On Mind, Brain And Education

2012 July 30 - August 4

Teaching: A New Frontier
of the Neurocognitive
Sciences, Education
and Culture

Directors: Antonio M. Battro and Kurt W. Fischer
Program officer: María Lourdes Majdalani

Abstract: Pierre Léna
Université Paris VII Denis Diderot – Observatoire de Paris, Département de Recherche Spatiale. FRANCE

Teaching natural sciences: from yesterday to tomorrow
Since more than a century, teaching natural sciences in primary and secondary schools has developed on a fairly stable learning program : to transmit to all students some ideas of scientific facts, and to prepare with more elaborate knowledge a small fraction of them to higher and specialized science education. Today, profound changes affect the availability of information, becoming omnipresent and of easy access. The teacher role must deeply evolve, being less focused on transmission of facts and more on understanding science, as a knowledge process. A new balance between learning and understanding must be found in science education.