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Art of Changing the Brain : Enriching Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning

Art of Changing the Brain : Enriching Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-1579220549

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ISBN13: 978-1579220549
ISBN10: 1579220541
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
Published: 2002
International: No

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Art of Changing the Brain : Enriching Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-1579220549

James E. Zull

ISBN13: 978-1579220549
ISBN10: 1579220541
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC

Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

Neuroscience tells us that the products of the mind - thought, emotions, artistic creation - are the result of the interactions of the biological brain with our bodily senses and the physical world: in short, that thinking and learning are the products of a biological process. Learning is literally a physical phenomenon.

James Zull invites his teacher colleagues -- in higher education or any other setting -- to accompany him in his exploration of what scientists can tell us about the structure and processes of the brain; and to discover with him what this knowledge means practically for teaching and learning.

He describes the brain in clear non-technical language and an engaging conversational tone -- and with simple but telling diagrams -- highlighting the functions of its parts and how they interact, and always relating them to the real world of the classroom and his own evolution as a teacher.

The realization that learning is not only physical, but that the act of learning actually changes the brain by growing new synapses and developing more internal connections, offers a powerful foundation for rethinking teaching practice and one's philosophy of teaching.

Brain biology illuminates concepts such as learning styles, explains the role of emotions and motivation in learning, the implications of students' prior knowledge, the importance of reflection, and demonstrates what concrete examples and experience contribute to learning.

James Zull's book opens up fresh ways of looking at teaching that will be valued because it is grounded in the practicalities and challenges of creating effective opportunities for deep and lasting learning, and dealing with students as uniquelearners.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A new perspective, some struggles, and a hope
1. The Sweet Edge: Learning is physical - we can understand!
2. Where we ought to Be: The natural relationship between brain structure and learning
3. Holding a Just Balance: Brain connections that change data into knowledge
4. Our Trade and our Art: Evolution of the brain and motivation of the learner
5. A Feeling of this Business: In the business of reason and memory, feelings count
6. What we Already Know: To begin, find out about existing neuron networks
7. Only Connect!: How teachers can change neuronal networks
8. Sense Luscious: Using the power of the sensory brain to help people learn
9. Waiting for Unity: Helping people comprehend their experience
10. The Courageous Leap: Creating knowledge by using the integrative frontal cortex
11. Test by Trial: Using the motor brain to close the loop of learning
12. We did this ourselves: Changing the brain through effective use of emotion
Epilogue
Index
About the Author