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This is the new myth

This is the new myth
This is the new myth
According to the Oxford dictionary myths can be defined as ‘misrepresentations of the truth’. In that light, it’s good that education is talking about evidence and preventing myths to take hold. This article aims to give an overview of some aspects that come into play when talking about the creation of myths. I will start by sketching an image of the prevalence of myths, with particular emphasis on neuro-myths in education. I will then try to describe some of the mechanisms behind the formation of myths. One particular example of the role of iron in spinach will serve to demonstrate how challenging it can be to address myths. I briefly look at the role of social media and discuss some popular themes in the education blogosphere. I will finish by giving some pointers that might help prevent myths taking hold in education.

2514-6955
Bokhove, Christian
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Bokhove, Christian
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Bokhove, Christian (2018) This is the new myth. Impact, 3.

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Abstract

According to the Oxford dictionary myths can be defined as ‘misrepresentations of the truth’. In that light, it’s good that education is talking about evidence and preventing myths to take hold. This article aims to give an overview of some aspects that come into play when talking about the creation of myths. I will start by sketching an image of the prevalence of myths, with particular emphasis on neuro-myths in education. I will then try to describe some of the mechanisms behind the formation of myths. One particular example of the role of iron in spinach will serve to demonstrate how challenging it can be to address myths. I briefly look at the role of social media and discuss some popular themes in the education blogosphere. I will finish by giving some pointers that might help prevent myths taking hold in education.

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Accepted/In Press date: 8 January 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 21 May 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 417692
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/417692
ISSN: 2514-6955
PURE UUID: 996cfbda-a553-4a59-a242-08bbf7774070
ORCID for Christian Bokhove: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4860-8723

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Date deposited: 12 Feb 2018 17:30
Last modified: 14 Jul 2018 04:01

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