The IBRO Science of Learning Initiative is the result IBRO’s efforts to establish a global partnership that recognizes neuroscience research as crucial to increasing our understanding of how the human brain learns and to informing education practitioners, policymakers and governments how this knowledge can help address urgent international concerns ranging from curriculum development and learning to migration and equitable development.
Identifying the ways in which the brain learns and how this influences human learning and behaviour in general has never been so relevant or necessary. Scientific research today has reached a point where discoveries can provide reliable findings with significant implications for education practitioners, policymakers and governments aiming to achieve effective and impactful teaching and learning systems.
Recent efforts in this field include the U.S. National Science Foundation's (NSF) Science of Learning Centers Program established in 2003, the OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation “Brain and Learning” project launched in 1999 and the work of UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education (IBE-UNESCO), whose mission is to offer support and innovative solutions to ministries of education and governments wanting to improve the equity, quality and development-relevance of their education and learning systems. IBRO’s initiative recognizes the advancements already made by these organizations as well as others, and plans to continue the same level of commitment through partnership and collaboration, building on previous lessons learned and knowledge sharing.
To launch the initiative, IBRO and IBE-UNESCO, have established a program that will offer at least 3 joint IBRO/IBE-UNESCO Science of Learning Fellowships each year over an initial period of three years. The selected Fellows will pursue research projects that will help to translate key neuroscience research on learning and the brain to educators, policymakers and governments. In 2016, the Fellows will be hosted at IBE-UNESCO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland from 1 October - 31 December.
Applications have closed for 2016 but you can find out more about these fellowships here.
Pictured above from left: IBRO Executive Director Stephanie de la Rochefoucauld, Director of IBE-UNESCO Dr. Mmantsetsa Marope and IBRO President Professor Pierre Magistretti.