Developing Minds in the Digital Age

Towards a Science of Learning for 21st Century Education

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This book highlights new scientific research about how people learn, including interdisciplinary perspectives from neuroscience, the social, cognitive and behavioural sciences, education, computer and information sciences, artificial intelligence/machine learning, and engineering. These new developments offer fascinating new perspectives, based on technological advances, which enable a re-examination of longstanding problems in learning, raise new questions, and offer new approaches to the study of learning. This report seeks to catalyse discussions on the implications of these research findings for education practice and policy, and in turn, on how knowledge and experience from real-world education practice and policy could challenge and inform research agendas and theory building.



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Dr. Patricia K. Kuhl, Ph.D, is Co-Director of the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences and directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) Science of Learning Center (LIFE) at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Kuhl holds the Bezos Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning and is Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences. She is internationally recognized for her research on early language learning and bilingual brain development, for pioneering brain measures on young children, and for studies that show how young children learn. Dr. Kuhl presented her work at the Clinton White House, the Bush White House, and the Obama White House. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences USA, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Rodin Academy, and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. She is a Fellow of the AAAS, the Acoustical Society of America, the American Psychological Society, and the Cognitive Science Society. Dr. Kuhl was awarded the Gold Medal of the Acoustical Society, the IPSEN Foundation’s Jean-Louis Signoret Neuropsychology Prize, the William James Lifetime Achievement award, the George A. Miller Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience, and the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award.


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