New master's degree program explores mind, brain, education
Thursday, January 6, 2011
The process of learning is
taking on a new dimension in the College of Education and Health Professions,
which this fall will begin offering the first two-year master's degree program
in Mind, Brain, and Education in the United States.
"The MBE program
promises current, cutting-edge research about how we learn, how we think, and
how we survive as human beings,” says Jeanne Gerlach, dean of the College of
Education and Health Professions. “This is the kind of information teachers
need to have as they work with students at all levels.”
The program is offered
through the Southwest Center for Mind, Brain, and Education. Marc Schwartz, center director and professor of
curriculum and instruction, says professors and students will explore the
connections between brain anatomy and physiology, cognitive neuroscience,
educational philosophy, learning processes, and specific learning issues, such
as dyslexia and attention deficits.
“The program will support new
teacher development, influence practices and leadership, train new researchers,
and improve mentorship programs,” Dr. Schwartz says.
The MBE program is modeled
after the Harvard University's one-year Mind, Brain, and Education program, but
UT Arlington’s two-year program is designed for the working professional with
late afternoon and evening classes. No background in biology or neuroscience is
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