Plasticity as a Framing Concept Enabling Transdisciplinary Understanding and Research in Neuroscience and Education
Learning, Media and Technology Volume 40, Number 2, ISSN 1743-9884
This article examines the emerging literature on the need for a synergy between neuroscience and educational sciences, identifying several differences in approach and methods that hinder the connecting processes between these two disciplines. From this review a transdisciplinary framework is presented which is based on the systemic and lifelong property of plasticity. The notion of plasticity is a framing concept that enables to connect disciplines because it illuminates the understanding of the learning processes. The new framework for the understanding and research in neuro-education is based on a systemic and functional architecture organised in three dimensions of plasticity (autonomy--vulnerability--resilience) and at least three systemic levels (genes, experience and the nervous system). We conclude that the concept of plasticity contributes to enlarging our understanding of the educational diversity of learners in their experiential contexts, combined with special attention to human agency and the capacity to making choices and effect changes.
García Carrasco, J., Hernández Serrano, M.J. & Martín García, A.V. (2015). Plasticity as a Framing Concept Enabling Transdisciplinary Understanding and Research in Neuroscience and Education. Learning, Media and Technology, 40(2), 152-167.