Jossey-Bass Reader on the Brain and Learning
xxi, 457 p.
Publisher SummaryThis comprehensive reader presents an accessible overview of recent?brain research and contains valuable insights into how students learn and how we should teach them.?It includes articles from the top thinkers in both the brain science and K-12 education fields, such as Joseph LeDoux, Howard Gardner, Sally Shaywitz, and John Bransford. This rich and varied volume offers myriad perspectives on the brain, mind, and education, and features twenty-six chapters in seven primary areas of interest:
- An overview of the brain
- The brain-based learning debate
- Memory, cognition, and intelligence
- Emotional and social foundations
- The arts
- When the brain works differently
We all know that some people seem to learn more easily than others, but why and how? This reader endeavors to answer these questions. The articles, most previously published, are written in clear, jargon-free language. They begin with the biology of the brain and then address early childhood development, classroom learning, emotional learning, and language and math acquisition. Three articles look at the role of the brain in creating and enjoying art. The last section treats the controversial subject of the exceptional brain. Was Einstein a genius because he had more connectors in his brain than the rest of us? How do the brains of autistic people vary from the norm? And finally, scientific proof of what we've known all along: men and women don't have the same kind of brains. Some articles are more research-based than others. This is a solid introduction to the subject for the general reader. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Presents a collection of articles that explore recent brain research and the ways students learn.