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Authentic education: visualising education in a deeper perspective


Abstract: Authentic education is presented in this paper from a multidisciplinary perspective; it is viewed and discussed mainly from the perspectives of psychology, pedagogy, neuroscience and machine learning. It addresses the individual psychological and neurological differences and guide individuals to reach higher levels of human developments. Especially, high emotional, intellectual and imaginational sensitivities are accepted as enriching a neurodiverse society, rather than constraining it. Further, the learners undergo a deep-learning and critical thinking process in a manner that is natural to human brain functioning as a parallel processor, as opposed to a robotic machine that operates sequentially at a high speed. As studies in neuroscience reveal, when learning takes place deeply, dendrites within the human brain are capable of growing into denser networks giving a physical meaning to our learning. Authentic education unifies different perspectives from multiple disciplinary areas in to a useful measure that can be implemented in educational practice. In this way, we visualise education in a deeper sense that is not seen usually in a contemporary society, and pave the way for a significant positive social change.

Author: Chandana Watagodakumbura, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

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