Building Mind, Brain, and Education Connections: The View From the Upper Valley

Authors

  • Donna Coch,

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Education, Dartmouth College
      Donna Coch, Department of Education, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755; e-mail: donna.coch@dartmouth.edu
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  • Stephen A. Michlovitz,

    1. Former Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Windsor Central Supervisory Union, Vermont
    2. Former Assistant Superintendent of Schools, School Administration Unit 43, New Hampshire
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    • Stephen A. Michlovitz is now at SynapsEd Consulting, 147 Upper Loveland Road, Norwich, VT 05055

  • Daniel Ansari,

    1. Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario
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  • Abigail Baird

    1. Department of Psychology, Vassar College
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Donna Coch, Department of Education, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755; e-mail: donna.coch@dartmouth.edu

Abstract

ABSTRACT— This article describes the efforts of a small group of educators and researchers to build a model for making connections across mind, brain, and education. With a common goal of sharing, strengthening, and building useable knowledge about child and adolescent learning and development, we focused on questions of mutual interest to educators and researchers. We describe our efforts to develop a common vocabulary and language and to create opportunities for dialogue and discussion, including classes and talks for in-service and preservice teachers, research laboratories open to in-service and preservice teachers, local conferences that provided a context for educator and researcher interactions, and researcher outreach in the local education community at the administrative, classroom, and student levels. These activities represent concrete mechanisms by which links might be forged between educators and researchers within the context of Mind, Brain, and Education.

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