Tom Billington (ihuman and Centre for Critical Psychology and Education) gave the Keynote address to the Southwest Conference of Educational Psychologists, held at the University of Exeter on 26 September 2017.
The paper, Educational inclusion and critical neuroscience: Friends or foes?, is a response to the growing circulation of neuroscientific discourse which is informing aspects of how we live but affecting too how we think about education and learning. The paper urges caution in respect of understandings of educational neuroscience that focus on individual deficits and diagnoses. Rather it holds in mind the broader historical context for neuroscience and its implications for our understandings of what it is to be human in the 21st. century and thereafter for education and learning. Theoretical resources from critical and affective neuroscience but also critical educational psychology are brought together specifically to support the principles of inclusionist policies and practices in education.