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.



The Science of Learning Strategic Research Theme at the University of Hong Kong

This chapter introduces developments in the Science of Learning research at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) from 2008 to 2018 within the context of institutional priorities and international trends. The Strategic Research Theme on Sciences of Learning (SoL-SRT) was initially established at HKU and led by the Faculty of Education in 2008 to provide a platform that brings together researchers in diverse fields to foster interdisciplinary research focusing around pedagogical issues and practices related to learning. Based on experiences of the first five years, the university supported a second phase of funding for the SoL-SRT that is underpinned by a complex system model of human learning as multilevel phenomena (from neural to individual behaviour to institutional and social), and more connected with the global Science of Learning movement and networks.


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