Professor Patricia K. Kuhl

Co-Director, University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences

Expertise

終身學習系統,全民讀寫,工作和生活技能,可持續發展教育,大腦發展評估

Focus by region

亞洲, 北美洲, 歐洲

Global spokesperson for early education

“I aspire to discuss two topics with Council of Luminaries that I believe have great potential to create “sea changes” in education: (1) Education can leverage research on early learning and brain development to advance learning in school. The research data are irrefutable in illustrating that all children are born with an astounding ability to learn, and that the young brain requires “opportunities” to learn to ensure optimal grow during this incredible period. (2) Research demonstrates the power of human social interaction to empower learning. Education has not widely capitalized on the impact of the “social brain” on learning in school. At this particular in time, during a worldwide pandemic, we have never been more aware of the importance of social interaction for learning and resilience. Technologies will benefit from understanding how social factors influence learning, including learning from screens. I am excited about conversations with the Yidan Council of Luminaries!”

— Professor Patricia K. Kuhl

Patricia K. Kuhl holds the Bezos Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning, is Co-Director of the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, and Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is internationally recognized for her research on early learning, the “social brain’s” impact on lifelong learning, bilingual brain development, and the impact of the early period on children’s success in school. Professor Kuhl pioneered brain measures that show how young children learn. She presented her work at the Clinton White House, the Bush White House, and the Obama White House. Professor Kuhl is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Rodin Academy, and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. She is a Fellow of the AAAS, Acoustical Society of America, American Psychological Society, and the Cognitive Science Society. She has been awarded the: Silver Medal and Gold Medal of the Acoustical Society of America, IPSEN Foundation’s Jean-Louis Signoret Neuropsychology Prize, William James Lifetime Achievement Award, George A. Miller Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience, and American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award. Professor Kuhl co-authored The Scientist in the Crib: Minds, Brains, and How Children Learn.

Achievements

The pivotal importance of early learning

作爲早期教育的全球代言人,Kuhl教授根據最新腦科學研究的發現,提出0-5歲兒童的教育應得到全球更多關注。

她開創性地將腦功能成像技術用於兒童早期學習研究。這項技術被稱為腦磁圖技術(MEG),可安全、無創地研究大腦功能活動。

她根據研究發現,提出了可廣泛應用於全球教育系統和學習環境的方案,涵蓋下列內容:1)早期學習的影響力;2)學習是社會化活動;3)公平、包容的教育需要早期學習機會;4)雙語學習對大腦開發具有重要價值。

根據她的研究,Kuhl教授創立了「雙語干預法」,首個在教育環境中利用大腦功能教授第二語言的方法,適用於任何國家和任何語言。庫爾教授已向全世界教育工作者、政治家和家長介紹這一方法。

Kuhl教授開發了一款名為SparkLingTM的軟件,使教師接受其方法和課程培訓,並獲得雙語教學認證。2015年,這一干預方法和軟件在馬德里進行了首次測試。

她在早期學習和雙語教育的工作卓有成效,啓發許多公司開發教育產品。