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Front. Educ. | doi: 10.3389/feduc.2019.00136

The Learning Sciences Framework in Educational Leadership

  • 1Harvard University, United States
  • 2Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences Headquarters Ecuador, Ecuador

The learning sciences clarify how people learn best under which conditions and how human variability influences outcomes. Despite great advancements in some learning sciences over the past 30 years, there has been relatively little change in educational science, a sub-field of the learning sciences. To determine why knowledge from the learning sciences has not had a greater impact on educational policy, this study considered evidence from the learning sciences through a previously published systematic review of the literature followed by a Delphi panel of experts on the learning science (Tokuhama-Espinosa, 2017). This was compared with a literature review of the trends in leadership decision-making models (data-based; context; distributed; transformative; goal-orientated, results-oriented) (Appendix A). This review found 30 current educational policies that contradict evidence from the learning sciences, suggesting a disconnect between educational science and other learning sciences. While there are some initiatives underway in a small number of educational leadership sectors to incorporate more learning science data into decision-making, it is not a norm. The current business-oriented model in educational policy design may explain this divide. The analysis of these results considers how switching from a business to a learning science model may result in different educational priorities. Such a vision offers a distinct and possibly more universally acceptable measure of “quality” education, detached from the immediate social and political goals and independent of the historical times in which they are taken. This paper suggests further research into this new learning sciences evidence-based framework on which educators base policy decisions.

Keywords: learning sciences, Mind, Brain, and Education, Educational Policy, educational leaders, Educational reform, Problem framing, Backward design

Received: 12 Aug 2019; Accepted: 08 Nov 2019.

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* Correspondence: Mx. Tracey N. Tokuhama-Espinosa, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States,