21 March 4pm Scrymgeour Building Room 2.12
The first in the series of talks arranged by the new Teaching Innovation & Learning Enhancement (TILE) network at the University of Dundee will be presented by Mark Healy, Deputy Head, St Andrews High School, Coatbridge. TILE aims to bring people from different disciplines and sectors together to discuss ways to improve education using evidence-based findings. It is a network of academics at uni, teachers at schools, educational developers, and science communicators. Learn more
In this talk, Mark will ask: What do we mean by an evidence base in education? Who gets to decide the canon of knowledge that sits behind the choice of evidence and why?
For example, why do aspects of Cognitive Psychology seem to reflect the zeitgeist of evidence base in schools, but perhaps not sociology, philosophy or anthropology? Why Cognitive Psychology and not Social Psychology or humanistic lenses on learning and teaching?
Mark will highlight some of the processes and scaffolds they have put in place at his secondary school and then also widen the dialogue to assert that reductionism to a sole lens of Cognitive Psychology may be helpful, but does not fully embrace all factors that influence effective approaches to learning and teaching.