00 SES 05.2, Keynote Dirk Van Damme: The Science of Learning: can it make learning more resilient against the risks of modern education?
For several centuries now, schools have offered powerful institutional environments to human learning based on a knowledge base which has been gradually built over time and transmitted from one generation to another. The knowledge framework in which teachers operate consist largely of transmitted and often not codified professional and experiential knowledge, which only teachers are supposed to fully understand and identify with.
The advent of modern psychology since the end of the 19th century has had a limited impact on the knowledge base of teachers, schools and education policies. But especially particular pedagogical movements – such as the German Reformpädagogik and pedagogies ‘vom Kinde aus” –, often more ideological than scientific in nature, were able to influence and alter the knowledge base of teaching. The current popularity of such pedagogical orientations shows the strengths of such ideas.
Today, outcomes of empirical research in psychology and social sciences have a hard time to penetrate the knowledge base of teachers and schools. Rigorous research in education is expanding but is hardly able to find its way into innovations in policy and practice. The supply and accessibility of empirical research is growing, but its penetration and acceptance by the educational community still is problematic.
Yet, educational policy and practice is in a huge need of renewal of its knowledge base. A lot of the knowledge on which teachers, schools and policies are founding educational practices is outdated and in some cases outright wrong. The failures of the knowledge base in education to provide adequate answers is related to a number of risks facing education today. I will discuss four main risks: 1) the effectiveness risk: a lot of educational practices in schools are not effective in generating sustainable outcomes; 2) the equity risk: educational practices are designed for the average learner and do not serve learners at both ends of the distribution well; 3) the productivity risk: the per unit cost of education is rising in most countries without equivalent increases in the quality of learning outcomes; 4) the innovation risk: education seems to have a hard time adapting to the age of articifial intelligence and significantly improve and update its modus operandi.
The question then is whether the contemporary science of learning, as it develops today from brain research, neuroscience and cognitive psychology, will be able to shake the knowledge base of modern education, to make it more resilient against these risks and improve learning opportunities.
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Network 1. Continuing Professional Development: Learning for Individuals, Leaders, and Organisations
Network 2. Vocational Education and Training (VETNET)
Network 3. Curriculum Innovation
Network 4. Inclusive Education
Network 5. Children and Youth at Risk and Urban Education
Network 6. Open Learning: Media, Environments and Cultures
Network 7. Social Justice and Intercultural Education
Network 8. Research on Health Education
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Network 10. Teacher Education Research
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Network 12. LISnet - Library and Information Science Network
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Network 14. Communities, Families and Schooling in Educational Research
Network 15. Research Partnerships in Education
Network 16. ICT in Education and Training
Network 17. Histories of Education
Network 18. Research in Sport Pedagogy
Network 19. Ethnography
Network 20. Research in Innovative Intercultural Learning Environments
Network 22. Research in Higher Education
Network 23. Policy Studies and Politics of Education
Network 24. Mathematics Education Research
Network 25. Research on Children's Rights in Education
Network 26. Educational Leadership
Network 27. Didactics – Learning and Teaching
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