The Department of Education at Dartmouth College
Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE) Approach
interdisciplinary approach to understanding the developing and learning
child from multiple perspectives taken by the Department is not unique,
although Dartmouth may be the only undergraduate institution with a Department
of Education committed to MBE. A number of leading schools have similar
programs connecting psychology, neuroscience, and educational practice;
for example, the Harvard
University Graduate School of Education Mind, Brain, and Education Program ,
for Neuroscience in Education at the University of Cambridge, and
the Learning in Informal
and Formal Environments (LIFE) Center, a collaboration between the
University of Washington and Stanford University, among others. Internationally,
for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is committed to
fostering links between rigorous research and educational practice, as
is the International Mind,
Brain, and Education Society.
June 2008 the National
Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) convened an expert
panel to make recommendations to teacher educators about how principles
of child and adolescent development are taught, integrated, and applied
within teacher education programs and to make recommendations to policymakers
about “changing the culture of schools to include scientific knowledge
about child and adolescent development.” The Dartmouth Department
of Education is at the leading edge of thinking about education: Understanding
the cognitive, emotional, linguistic, social, moral, and motivational
development of children and adolescents from many perspectives and using
that empirical knowledge to inform thinking about classroom practice
is at the core of our mission.
Can You Do with Education?
What do you want to be when you grow up? Parent? Pediatrician? Counselor?
Child advocate? Speech-language pathologist? Tutor? Principal? Educational
researcher? Family court lawyer? School administrator? Teacher? Scientist?
Reading specialist? Developmental neuroscientist? Educational consultant?
Special educator? Child psychologist? Foster parent? Bilingual educator?
Educational policymaker? If you want to make a difference in children’s
lives, you will want to get involved with the Department of Education.
If you want a job that involves learning and teaching (and what job doesn’t,
when you stop to think about it…), you will want to get involved
with the Department of Education.
Opportunities to Work with Children and Adolescents
Many students who are interested in the field of Education are also interested in working with and learning from children and adolescents. In addition to the Teacher Education Program, which provides structured in-classroom experiences during the junior and senior year, there are many opportunities to work with children and adolescents through many different campus organizations.