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

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Stylus Publishing, LLC., Jan 1, 2002 - Education - 263 pages
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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 senses and the physical world: in short, that thinking and learning are the products of a biological process.

This realization, that learning actually alters the brain by changing the number and strength of synapses, offers a powerful foundation for rethinking teaching practice and one's philosophy of teaching.

James Zull invites teachers in higher education or any other setting to accompany him in his exploration of what scientists can tell us about the brain and to discover how this knowledge can influence the practice of teaching. He describes the brain in clear non-technical language and an engaging conversational tone, highlighting its functions and parts and how they interact, and always relating them to the real world of the classroom and his own evolution as a teacher.

"The Art of Changing the Brain" is grounded in the practicalities and challenges of creating effective opportunities for deep and lasting learning, and of dealing with students as unique learners.
  

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

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An informative book that provides evidence supportive of theories of experiential learning (Boud, Keough & Walker, Peter Heron). Read full review

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

User Review  - Judy Fishel - Goodreads

"The Art of Changing the Brain" is a extrememly important book for those interested in teaching or learning. It begins with a fascinating comparison of brain activity and stages of learning - but if ... Read full review

Contents

LEARNING IS PHYSICALWE CAN UNDERSTAND
1
PART I FOUNDATIONS
11
THE NATURAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BRAIN STRUCTURE AND LEARNING
13
BRAIN CONNECTIONS THAT CHANGE DATA INTO KNOWLEDGE
31
4 OUR TRADE AND OUR ART EVOLUTION OF THE BRAIN AND MOTIVATION OF THE LEARNER
47
IN THE BUSINESS OF REASON AND MEMORY FEELINGS COUNT
69
SUMMARY OF PART I
88
PART II KNOWLEDGE NEURONAL NETWORKS CHANGE AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE TEACHER
89
PART III USING MORE OF THE CEREBRAL CORTEX TO DEEPEN LEARNING
133
USING THE POWER OF THE SENSORY BRAIN TO HELP PEOPLE LEARN
135
9 WAITING FOR UNITY HELPING PEOPLE COMPREHEND THEIR EXPERIENCE
153
CREATING KNOWLEDGE BY USING THE INTEGRATIVE FRONTAL CORTEX
177
USING THE MOTOR BRAIN TO CLOSE THE LOOP OF LEARNING
203
CHANGING THE BRAIN THROUGH EFFECTIVE USE OF EMOTION
221
SUMMARY OF PART III
245
ENRICHMENTS
247

TO BEGIN FIND OUT ABOUT EXISTING NEURON NETWORKS
91
7 ONLY CONNECT HOW TEACHERS CAN CHANGE NEURONAL NETWORKS
111
SUMMARYOF PART II
132
INDEX
250
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James E. Zull is Professor of Biology and of Biochemistry, and Director of The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) at Case Western Reserve University. After 25 years of research on cell-cell communication, protein folding, cell membranes, and biosensors, he turned his interest toward understanding how brain research can inform teaching. Building on his background in cell-cell communication, his experience with human learning and teaching at UCITE, and drawing on the increasing knowledge about the human brain, led to writing his acclaimed first book, The Art of Changing the Brain.

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