Networks Of Mind: Learning, Culture, Neuroscience by Kathy HallNetworks Of Mind: Learning, Culture, Neuroscience by Kathy Hall

Networks Of Mind: Learning, Culture, Neuroscience

byKathy Hall, Alicia Curtin, Vanessa Rutherford

Hardcover | December 13, 2013

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This ground breaking book is unique in bringing together two perspectives on learning - sociocultural theory and neuroscience. Drawing on both perspectives, it foregrounds important developments in our understanding of what learning is, where and how learning occurs and what we can do to understand learning as an everyday process.

Leading experts from both disciplines demonstrate how sociocultural ideas (such as the relevance of experience, opportunity to learn, environment, personal histories, meaning, participation, memory, and feelings of belonging) align with and reflect upon new understandings emerging from neuroscience concerning plasticity and neural networks.

Among the themes critically examined are the following:

  • Mind and brain
  • Culture
  • Ability and talent
  • Success and failure
  • Memory
  • Language
  • Emotion

Aimed at and accessible to a broad audience and drawing on both schools of thought,Networks of Mindemploys case studies, vignettes and real life examples to demonstrate that, though the language of sociocultural theory and that of neuroscience appear very different, ultimately the concepts of both perspectives align and converge around some key ideas. The book shows where both perspectives overlap, collide and diverge in their assumptions and understanding of fundamental aspects of human flourishing. It shows how neuroscience confirms some of the key messages already well established by sociocultural theory, specifically the importance of opportunity to learn. It also argues that the ascendency of neuroscience may result in the marginalization of sociocultural science, though the latter, it argues, has enormous explanatory power for understanding and promoting learning, and for understanding how learning is afforded and constrained.




Kathy Hallis Professor and Head of the School of Education, University College Cork.Alicia Curtinis Lecturer in the School of Education, University College Cork.Vanessa Rutherford  is Research Fellow in the School of Education, University College Cork. 
Title:Networks Of Mind: Learning, Culture, NeuroscienceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:December 13, 2013Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415683742

ISBN - 13:9780415683746


Table of Contents

Introduction  1: Making the case for examining sociocultural theory & neuroscience  2. Defining Brain  3. The Making of Minds  4. The Making of Culture  5. A Heuristic for Avoiding a Totalising Concept of Culture  6. Making Connections, Learning and Pedagogy  7. Constructing Success and Failure  8. Explaining Talent: Opportunity to Learn  9. # Language 209  10. Emotion: My Many Coloured Days  11. Coming to Mind  12. Sociocultural and Neuroscientific Metaphors  13. Tensions and Struggles over Explanations for Learning  14. Conclusion: Claiming Science