The PEN Distinguished Lecture Series in Educational Neuroscience was created in association with the Foundations Proseminar course for graduate students in the Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program. Since its inception, the series has grown!
The lecture series focuses on the intersection of the Science of Learning (learning across the lifespan) and Educational Neuroscience (learning across early life). Scientists and researchers who are pioneers in the fields of Cognitive-Educational Neuroscience, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, and Child Development come to Gallaudet University's campus to talk about their research.
All lectures are open to the public and are video recorded for online distribution.
Neuroscience focused both on brain functioning and effects of situated practices on cognition are important to informing educational practice. However, newer theories of learning locate cognition outside the skin (head?) as much as inside. Learning that spans space and time and is embedded in our material world is as important in educational practice as “mental” functions. Identifying and locating the material for a new educational practice, especially a practice situated in and informed by Deaf communities, requires us to think about where cognition begins and ends. Situating learning is an important part of the re-construction of the body of the "teacher of the deaf", for example.