The second Latin American School for Education, Cognitive and Neural Sciences will be held in March, 2012 in Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina
The first LA School was held from 7th to 18th March 2011 in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. Find more information on the "2011 Atacama School" tab.
The second LA School will be held in 5-16 March, 2012 in Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina, at the Alto Calafate hotel. It will be funded by James S. McDonnell Foundation and organized in collaboration with the Laboratorio de Neurociencia Integrativa, Universidad de Buenos Aires.
The LA School is based on the observation that schools teach science, math and language in quite nonscientific ways. Different teaching methods spawn, but there is little empirical comparison of their distinct efficacies. Teaching is nearly always based on traditions and qualitative opinions. Where can one find an educational science amenable to measurement, test and improvement not just in laboratories, but within class rooms? Unless we can answer this key question, the world’s educational gap is likely to continue widening.
Modern societies increasingly demand education based on scientific evidence. We must thus work towards applying what we know about human cognition to the classroom practice. LA Schools are the result of a meeting that took place in Santiago de Chile in 2007. This meeting brought together scientists interested in the Brain/Education Barrier and led to the Santiago Declaration, which you are kindly invited to read here.
The goal of the LA School is to critically examine research findings that are potentially relevant to the development, design, and implementation of effective educational practices and to train a new generation of researchers, able to operate at the interface between Education and Science.
Suggested reading for all students: Scientific Research in Education