The Learnus Annual Lecture 2016Re-scheduled for Wednesday 17th May 2017
Diagnosis, which Diagnosis?
The Learnus Annual Lecture 2017
Thursday 16th November
Speaker: Dr Daniel Ansari
Professor Susan Gathercole OBE
MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit
and University of Cambridge
Pitfalls and prospects for supporting
the struggling teacher
In this lecture I shall discuss the challenges faced by families, practitioners and policy-makers in supporting children who are struggling to learn.
Major hazards include social inequities, difficulties in identifying underlying problems in children whose first language is not English, haphazard routes to professional help, dependence on diagnoses that are of limited value, and an unrealistic emphasis on cure rather than compensation.
Some of these challenges will be illustrated by research on struggling learners indicating that dimensions of cognition and behaviour are more important than diagnoses, and evidence that the benefits of intensive cognitive training arise from learning to do something new and not simply overcoming a core problem.
Ways that these issues can be addressed through policy and practice in education and health and in the research community will be discussed.
Professor and Canada Research Chair in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology at the Western University Ontario, where he heads the Numerical Cognition Laboratory. Dr Ansari is also President of IMBES (International Mind, Brain and Education Society).
Details of this lecture will be posted here soon.
This year's Annual Learnus Lecture will be given by Professor Susan Gathercole OBE.
Professor Gathercole is Director of MRS Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge. (https://www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/). She is a cognitive psychologist specialising in memory, learning and language.
Her interests are in the cognitive processes of memory, attention, language and learning. Much of her research focuses on children with developmental disorders in these areas of cognition, and investigates both the nature of the underlying cognitive deficits and how these deficits can be ameliorated with either cognitive or educational interventions.
Garfield Weston Foundation
Harvey Goodwin Suite
London SW1P 3NZ
Entrance by Invitation only.
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free invitation contact:
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Places at the lecture
are limited so an early
response is advised.