This morning I got the chance to be part of The Breakfasters with Alicia Sometimes on 3RRR FM in Melbourne, Australia. I spoke about two studies by Dr Karin James, that looked at how children learn letters and evidence of brain changes after different types of learning. Dr James is the director of The Cognition and Action Neuroimaging Laboratory. Please check out her website for updates on findings in this area.
These are the two studies in particular that I spoke about on the radio this morning.
James, K.H. (2010). Sensori-motor experience leads to changes in visual processing in the developing brain. Developmental Science,13 (2), 279-288. doi:10.1111/j.1467-7687.2009.00883.x (PDF)
James, K.H. & Engelhardt, L. (2012). The effects of handwriting experience on functional brain development in per-literate children. Trends in Neuroscience and Education, 1, 32-42. doi:10.1016/j.tine.2012.08.001 (PDF)
STEME refers to the education of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. It looks at how these topics are taught in our modern education system. There has been a recent call for STEM to include the ARTS as it is perceived that the arts will add creativity and flexibility into areas that are not traditionally seen this way. In a great article, Shane Taylor argues about why this should be the case 🙂
Some inspiring words for Primary Science Teachers.
@SciBookChat is starting in 2014. We, being myself (@popsciguyoz), and Lisa Bailey (@lisushi) from Royal Institute Australia (RiAus) will be running the book club over twitter and hope to chat to many people around the world about science books! Our second book, which we will talking about on the 3rd of February, 2014 at 8:30pm Australian EDT. I hope to see you online then!
I have started an Eventbrite event. Please join it!
The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters by Mark Henderson
Whether we want to improve education or cut crime, to enhance public health or to generate clean energy, we need the experimental methods of science – the best tool humanity has yet developed for working out what works. Yet from the way we’re governed to the news we’re fed by the media we’re let down by a lack of understanding and respect for its insights and evidence. In The Geek Manifesto Mark Henderson explains why and how we need to entrench scientific thinking more deeply into every aspect of our society. A new movement is gathering. Let’s turn it into a force our leaders cannot ignore.
The Science Book Chat Book Club (@scibookchat) meet on the first Monday of every month on TWITTER at 8:30pm AEDT. Follow @scibookchat and the hashtag #scibook for announcements on upcoming book selections. Hosted by Lisa Bailey (@lisushi) and George Aranda (@popsciguyoz). Come on down and join us. Tell us if you loved the book, hated it, or even didn’t get a chance to finish it!