Symposium 3 - Science Education “Leopoldo de Meis”: The Relevance of Neuroscience in Evaluation of Students in Classroom

Diogo O. Souza


Symposium 3 - Science Education “Leopoldo de Meis” Chair: Wagner Seixas da Silva, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro


In this talk we will discuss the relevance of the brain neurobiology in the
student learning/formal evaluation processes in the classroom. It is important
to emphasize that the students “are alive” before and after each class. It
means that their brains are receiving a massive amount of environmental
stimuli, which are processed by the complex cerebral circuitry involved in
learning and memory processes. These stimuli interact with previous
memories, which adapt to the new stimuli and are adjusted by them. These
constant new interactions induce brain plasticity, changing the behavior in
such way that a student that leaves the class is not exactly the same that will
enter in the next class. At the same time, when students are in the class, what
they are learning is not only (even nor the most relevant) what the teacher is
trying to teach. These “anonymous” experiences may impact the brain
stronger than the teacher’s information. The neurobiological bases of all these
interactions are nowadays being more and more revealed; unfortunately this
new scientific knowledge is still not integrated in most of the class activities.
The idea of this talk is to contribute for the discussion on how important is to
incorporate this new scientific information to the current evaluation methods.
Importantly, the aim here is not to transform all teachers in neuroscientists,
but only motivate the school community for accepting that we learn with the
brain and, consequently, the neurobiology of learning and memory should be
valorized in formal evaluation of learning. Finally, it is important in terms of
evaluation not consider strictly the answers to the question raised in an exam,
but what happened within the time between a previous classroom and the
time in which the exam is applied.


neuroscience; class activities; evaluation

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