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A groundwork for allostatic neuro-education.

Gerdes L, Tegeler CH, Lee SW - Front Psychol (2015)

Bottom Line: The result is a groundwork for allostatic neuro-education (GANE).The GANE presents a variety of testable hypotheses, and studies that explore prevention or mitigation of the effects of early life adversity or toxic stress on learning and development may be of particular importance.The GANE is intended as a re-visioning of education that may serve both learners and society to be better prepared for the accelerating changes of the 21st century.

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Affiliation: Brain State Technologies LLC Scottsdale, AZ, USA.

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We propose to enliven educational practice by marrying a conception of education as guided human development, to an advanced scientific understanding of the brain known as allostasis (stability through change). The result is a groundwork for allostatic neuro-education (GANE). Education as development encompasses practices including the organic (homeschooling and related traditions), cognitive acquisition (emphasis on standards and testing), and the constructivist (aimed to support adaptive creativity for both learner and society). Allostasis views change to be the norm in biology, defines success in contexts of complex natural environments rather than controlled settings, and identifies the brain as the organ of central command. Allostatic neuro-education contrasts with education focused dominantly on testing, or neuroscience based on homeostasis (stability through constancy). The GANE perspective is to view learners in terms of their neurodevelopmental trajectories; its objective is to support authentic freedom, mediated by competent, integrated, and expansive executive functionality (concordant with the philosophy of freedom of Rudolf Steiner); and its strategy is to be attuned to rhythms in various forms (including those of autonomic arousal described in polyvagal theory) so as to enable experiential excitement for learning. The GANE presents a variety of testable hypotheses, and studies that explore prevention or mitigation of the effects of early life adversity or toxic stress on learning and development may be of particular importance. Case studies are presented illustrating use of allostatic neurotechnology by an adolescent male carrying diagnoses of Asperger's syndrome and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and a grade school girl with reading difficulties. The GANE is intended as a re-visioning of education that may serve both learners and society to be better prepared for the accelerating changes of the 21st century.

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Mentions: Educational practice is as old as human civilization. Modern understanding of the brain, supported by innovations in technology, has developed over approximately the last 100 years. The proposition of this paper is that a recent innovation in scientific understanding of the brain known as allostasis (“stability through change”) has potential to support a constructive re-visioning of education as stewardship of emergent, individualized, and advanced brain functionality. The progeny of the union between education and allostasis is an approach to the developing and multi-faceted learner that we call allostatic neuro-education. To characterize this conceptualization we outline a perspective, an objective, and a strategy for educators which collectively constitute a groundwork for allostatic neuro-education (GANE). The ultimate benefit we conceive from the GANE is to support the profession of education to reach its own highest potential, to be a match for the meaning reflected in its Latin etymology educere, to lead out the expression of that which is within. To support understanding of the terms, concepts, and abbreviations presented in this paper, a glossary is provided in Figure 1.


A groundwork for allostatic neuro-education.

Gerdes L, Tegeler CH, Lee SW - Front Psychol (2015)

Glossary of terms, concepts, and abbreviations presented in the paper, listed in the order in which they are principally discussed in the text.
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Figure 1: Glossary of terms, concepts, and abbreviations presented in the paper, listed in the order in which they are principally discussed in the text.
Mentions: Educational practice is as old as human civilization. Modern understanding of the brain, supported by innovations in technology, has developed over approximately the last 100 years. The proposition of this paper is that a recent innovation in scientific understanding of the brain known as allostasis (“stability through change”) has potential to support a constructive re-visioning of education as stewardship of emergent, individualized, and advanced brain functionality. The progeny of the union between education and allostasis is an approach to the developing and multi-faceted learner that we call allostatic neuro-education. To characterize this conceptualization we outline a perspective, an objective, and a strategy for educators which collectively constitute a groundwork for allostatic neuro-education (GANE). The ultimate benefit we conceive from the GANE is to support the profession of education to reach its own highest potential, to be a match for the meaning reflected in its Latin etymology educere, to lead out the expression of that which is within. To support understanding of the terms, concepts, and abbreviations presented in this paper, a glossary is provided in Figure 1.

Bottom Line: The result is a groundwork for allostatic neuro-education (GANE).The GANE presents a variety of testable hypotheses, and studies that explore prevention or mitigation of the effects of early life adversity or toxic stress on learning and development may be of particular importance.The GANE is intended as a re-visioning of education that may serve both learners and society to be better prepared for the accelerating changes of the 21st century.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Brain State Technologies LLC Scottsdale, AZ, USA.

ABSTRACT
We propose to enliven educational practice by marrying a conception of education as guided human development, to an advanced scientific understanding of the brain known as allostasis (stability through change). The result is a groundwork for allostatic neuro-education (GANE). Education as development encompasses practices including the organic (homeschooling and related traditions), cognitive acquisition (emphasis on standards and testing), and the constructivist (aimed to support adaptive creativity for both learner and society). Allostasis views change to be the norm in biology, defines success in contexts of complex natural environments rather than controlled settings, and identifies the brain as the organ of central command. Allostatic neuro-education contrasts with education focused dominantly on testing, or neuroscience based on homeostasis (stability through constancy). The GANE perspective is to view learners in terms of their neurodevelopmental trajectories; its objective is to support authentic freedom, mediated by competent, integrated, and expansive executive functionality (concordant with the philosophy of freedom of Rudolf Steiner); and its strategy is to be attuned to rhythms in various forms (including those of autonomic arousal described in polyvagal theory) so as to enable experiential excitement for learning. The GANE presents a variety of testable hypotheses, and studies that explore prevention or mitigation of the effects of early life adversity or toxic stress on learning and development may be of particular importance. Case studies are presented illustrating use of allostatic neurotechnology by an adolescent male carrying diagnoses of Asperger's syndrome and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and a grade school girl with reading difficulties. The GANE is intended as a re-visioning of education that may serve both learners and society to be better prepared for the accelerating changes of the 21st century.

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