EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2016. The project “Art: a basic human need; neurodidactic answers to increasing social challenges“ uses neuroscientific research information in order to improve learning. It aims at narrowing the gap between “the ivory tower of science” and the every-day lives of people.
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The project stems from the partners’ concerns regarding the integration of underprivileged society groups, such as families with poor educational background, immigrants, and people with special needs or without qualification). As a way to improve the learning of these groups, the project promotes arts, such as music pedagogy and drama. The project uses neuroscientific information and neuro-didactic methods and translates the information to easily-understandable format in order to contribute to the learning methods used.
The partnership of the project included partners from the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Lithuania, Czech Republic and Turkey. The project was a learning curve also for its coordinator. Lorenz especially valued the European angle in the project.
As a project result, the Manual for Brain Users was created to present learning processes in the light of neuroscientifical research. It offers the neuroscientific information about successful learning in appealing way, such as with film clips and easily-read texts. Other activities included television talkshows on science-based learning methodologies, public performances and tour talks. The materials were translated into partner country languages.
Text: Helka Repo