Constructions of (neuro)science in early childhood education
Date / Time: 11 July 2019
Michel Vandenbroeck presented this seminar on the science of early childhood education has recently been dominated by neuroscience and economy, illustrating the crucial importance of the early years and arguing for high “returns on investment”.
Michel critically analysed this “dominant discourse”, looking back at how different sciences have produced different truths in the history of early childhood education: eugenics and prophylaxis in the 19th century and developmental psychology in the 20th century. In so doing, he looked at the relations between science, education and politics. This threw another light on the question of why, today, the neurosciences are so popular and why that may not be such a wonderful advancement after all.