Educational neuromyths and instructional practices: The case of inclusive education teachers in Hong Kong

Po-yin Tsang*, Gill Althia Francis, Elpida Pavlidou

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Educational neuromyths are known to exist amongst teachers in Western countries, and some researchers argue that neuromyths may affect classroom teaching.
An online survey was designed and distributed to sixty-four Hong Kong inclusive education teachers. Descriptive statistics, Pearson's correlation, Hierarchical Multiple Regression, and Thematic analysis were used to analyzed the collected data.
First, there is a relatively low prevalence of neuromyths among Hong Kong teachers. Second, neuromyths were not significantly correlated with inclusive teachers' instructional practices. Third, teachers’ general knowledge of the brain was significantly correlated with neuromyths and is a significant predictor of neuromyths. Fourth, the work-related stress of teachers was the main barrier to learning about neuroscience and adopting evidence-based practices in classroom teaching in Hong Kong.
Our findings raise awareness of environmental and cultural factors that need to be considered and might affect the prevalence of neuromyths studies in non-WEIRD contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100221
Number of pages7
JournalTrends in Neuroscience and Education
Early online date5 Feb 2024
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2024

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  • Neuromyths
  • Instructional practices

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