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Educators’ Views on the Role of Neuroscience in Education: Findings From a Study of UK and International Perspectives


Susan J. Pickering, Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, 35 Berkeley Square, Bristol BS8 1JA, UK; e-mail:


ABSTRACT— This report summarizes findings from a study of educators’ views on the role of the brain in education. Responses were sought using questionnaires (n= 189), followed by a smaller number of in-depth interviews (n= 11). Results show a high level of enthusiasm for attempts to interrelate neuroscience and education, although conceptualizations about what this entails differ widely. Findings suggest that communication with practitioners may become a key factor influencing the success of attempts to enrich classroom practice with scientific understanding about the brain and mind.