Dr Michael Nagel
Travels from: Queensland
Provides contemporary insights into learning, motivation and 21st century learners.
A Guide to the Brain: Linking Neuroscience to Educational Practice
Working with young people in the 21st century can be both exciting and daunting. In some sense teaching is arguably much like performing neurosurgery in that any training you received years ago may not only be considered outdated but also a hindrance to performing your duties well. This session looks at recent neurological findings for developing a greater understanding of learning and engaging students. This is then linked to recognising and understanding how emotions impact on learning and the day to day lives of both students and teachers.
Blame Their Brain: Why Our Children Do What They Do!
Many people often wonder why their children act and behave the way they do? They often marvel at the stages of development they witness and simultaneously may be left bewildered by that very journey of growth and maturation. As a parent and a researcher in neurological development, Dr Nagel aims to unlock some of the mysteries of the development of the mind from birth through adolescence and shed light on why children and teenagers may act the way they do.
Hello, Is There Anybody in There?: Understanding the Developing Brain.
Since the 1990s there has been more worldwide research in the neurological sciences than at any other time in history. A great deal of the research that has been done has also been applied to many other fields of study. As a result of all of this work, education has been reinvigorated with new understandings of how the brain grows and develops, the potential differences between the brains of boys and girls and how this might impact on behaviour and learning. Some of the most current research available also suggests that teachers may have to radically rethink how they engage with 21st century minds if they are truly sincere in delivering quality educational experiences and attaining quality educational outcomes. This presentation looks to uncover some of this information by focusing on contemporary research related to the brain, human development and education.
Sugar and Spice and All Things Gender Specific: What Are Boys & Girls Brains Made Of?
Many people may not be aware that neuroscientists continue to uncover a range of anatomical, chemical and functional differences between the brains of boys and girls. What might you do differently if you were armed with an understanding of the neurological differences between boys and girls and how this might impact on behaviour and learning? This presentation looks to uncover some of this information by focusing on contemporary research into how the brain develops, the differences that exist between boys and girls and some of the implications this has for those interested in positively engaging with the children around us while they grow and learn.
The Brain, Early Development and Learning
Since the 1990s, advances in technology and scientific research have provided new insights into the neurological development of children. As a result of this work all aspects of education and child care have been reinvigorated with new understandings of how the brain grows and develops, how this might impact on behaviour and learning and ultimately how early experiences may shape who we become as we grow into adulthood. Worryingly, neuroscientific research has also been used to perpetuate a number of neuromyths focusing on enrichment and building better brains. This presentation focuses on debunking a number of those myths by looking at contemporary research into how the brain matures and develops, how nurture impacts on nature and the implications of this as we engage with children in various educational contexts.
Full Presenter Profile & Bio
There has been extensive conversations and interest around changing brains within adults. But what if we could positively influence our children by understanding their development and the links between neuroscience and education? What impact would we see in the future if our youth are understood and powerfully and guided into adulthood?
Associate Professor Michael C Nagel is an educator, motivator, researcher, author, mentor and parent. He has decades of experience as teacher and behaviour specialist on multiple continents. Dr Nagel researches and teaches at the University of the Sunshine Coast in the areas of cognition and learning, human development, educational psychology and human behaviour. He is well respected for his research, writings and presentations and regarded as one of Australia's foremost experts in child development.
He has been widely published in numerous journal and textbooks and is the author of 'Boys-Stir-Us: Working WITH the Hidden Nature of Boys', In The Beginning: The Brain, Early Development and Learning’, Nurturing A Healthy Mind: Doing What Matters Most For Your Child’s Developing Brain’ and 'It's A Girl Thing'. Dr Nagel is also a member of the prestigious International Neuropsychological Society and a feature writer for the 'Child' series of magazines which offers parenting advice to more than one million Australian readers.