Human’s ability to learn through schooling and diverse kinds of cultural instruction is quite unique. Education plays a crucial role in cultural transformations: It permits members of a society, the young specifically, to efficiently obtain an ever-evolving body of knowledge and abilities that took thousands of years to conceive. It is time for education, biology, and cognitive science to come together to create a new science and practice of learning and development. The extraordinary new tools of biology and cognitive science create enormous possibilities for this developing field. The discovery of powerful brain-imaging tools; the amazing, expanding discoveries that are altering genetics; and the growing power of means for measuring cognition, emotion, and learning make a promising alliance that can brighten human learning and development.
What allows human beings to acquire cultural tools like writing and mathematics and to build and use knowledge in science and the arts that go far outside their personal experience? What are the principles for designing schools and other educational settings to enhance effective learning and healthy development?
Providing key questions about mind, brain, and education entails reciprocal interaction between scientific research and practical knowledge of educators and caregivers. There must be an active interaction between scientific research and practical knowledge, with practice shaping scientific questions as much as research shapes practice. For example, research in neuroscience and genetics receive different meaning and value as educators and caregivers transform it into practice, linking it to the ways that children act and learn in schools and communities.
Dr Shumar is a motivated and talented Associate Professor at several universities in Dubai, driven to inspire students to pursue academic and personal excellence. She is consistently striving to create a challenging and engaging learning environment in which students become life-long scholars and learners. Dr Shumar possesses an exceptional track record of successful research with multiple published articles. As a young and aspiring student of the University of Pedagogy, she got involved with international projects realized by UNDP, UNICEF, UN and participated at various conferences all around the world. However, her passion didn’t end there. She continued her education with her post graduate studies on social politics and social work, thus publishing columns on special social cases. At the same time, she started working as a teaching assistant at University, acquiring her master studies degree in economy at the same time. Her desire to expand her knowledge and practice, as well as to gain new all around the world, lead her to work on different continents at a young age, acquiring valuable professional and life experience. She has dedicated her life to learning and knowledge, as well as helping to develop young minds through teaching. PHD in International business only empowered her to continue mastering new practices, therefore, she moved to the Middle East. She visited and worked in many countries as an associate professor, thus gaining new work experience related to development and implementation of the UK, US curriculum and European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Her professional career is closely related to the educational field, precisely special need education, which is why her second PHD is in applied psychology and special education. Additionally, she has acquired many certificates which enabled her to become a certified trainer in one among many fields, such as: corporate communication, global competition, truth in negotiations, preventing discrimination in the workplace, ethical leadership, intellectual property, etc. At the moment she is working as an associate professor at several universities, sharing her experience and knowledge with young generations of different backgrounds and nationalities.