Brain research reveals that learning happens within five core domains or pillars: symbols, patterns, order, categories, and relations. Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa proposes that redesigning school curriculum around these five pillars rather than by traditional subject divisions could enable students to develop the transdisciplinary problem-solving skills that are often touted as the ultimate goal of 21st-century education.
About the Author:
Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, PhD, is the Dean of Education at the Universidad de las Américas in Quito, Ecuador. She serves on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an expert panel to determine teachers’ new pedagogical knowledge, including the influence of neuroscience and technology on education. With more than 25 years of experience teaching decades in teacher training, she has conducted conferences, workshops, and research in 25 countries around the world.