New Research Explains Teen Behaviors and Brains

In driving back to the office from GES today, I caught a bit of an Fresh Air episode on WCVE radio. The full story is available for you to listen to here with host Terry Gross.

I’m always fascinated to learn more about how science, like cognitive science, supports or refutes hunches and practices about learning and teaching. It’s always refreshing to know that a successful instructional practice can be supported through research in neuroscience.

This story reinforced for us that despite the size of our high school students, their brain development and capability are different than what we see in adults. They have some advantages and disadvantages. Especially interesting was the part about new ways of educating medical students to be self-learners, which supports my preference for supporting inquiry in the classroom.