Dr Jonathan Sharples is currently the Deputy Director of the Institute for the Future of the Mind in the United Kingdom. Jonathan has a Masters degree and D.Phil in biochemistry, from Oxford University. He has previously worked in academic research, the pharmaceutical industry, education, and science communication.
Jonathan is exploring how an understanding of developments in brain-science research can be used to help inform education policy and practice.
A key part of this work is considering how young people's increasing intimacy with digital technologies may influence key abilities and cognitive skills. Jonathan coordinates the activities of the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group in Scientific Research in Learning and Education, which is considering how understandings from brain-science research may be used more effectively to inform government policy.
Recently, Dr Jonathan Sharples presented at a joint SAPPA/Learning to Learn workshop titled The Learning Brain: executive functions in education.
Below are articles and papers mentioned during the presentation.
- Executive functions in education (PDF 753KB)
- Executive functions: controlling the learning brain? The Institute for the future of the mind (PDF 1MB)
- Fostering creative thinking - Dr Paul Howard-Jones
- Keynote seminar transcript – brain science in the classroom (PDF 3.7MB)
- Keynote seminar transcript - wellbeing in the classroom (PDF 2.4 MB)
- Light, attention and alertness poster (PDF 242KB)
- Institute for the future of the mind network Feb 2008 (PDF 507KB)
- Levers of e-learning (PDF 73KB)
- Role of light in controlling alertness (PDF 736KB)
- Brain and behaviour article - ADHD (PDF 417KB)
- Brain and behaviour article - learning styles (PDF 460KB)
- Brain and behaviour article - movement, repetition and memory (PDF 886KB)
- Brain and behaviour article - networking (PDF 1.19MB)
- Brain and behaviour article - sleep and memory (PDF 1.19MB)
- Brain and behaviour article - sleep cycles (PDF 26KB)
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