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

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Stylus Publishing, LLC., 2002 - Education - 263 pages
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"Engaging and logically organized...Readers will feel encouraged and eager to integrate the concepts into their own philosophy of teaching and learning."?Effective Teaching

"The book is not merely an explication but a thoughtfully crafted, neuroscientfically informed teaching device that obeys the advice offered."?American Journal of Psychology

"James Zull's crystal-clear mapping of how learning occurs, how learning changes the brain, and how many parts of the brain are activated as one learns should be interesting for all who teach. Zull relays a teaching approach and the neuroscience behind that approach that can dramatically affect learning."?Nursing Education Perspectives

"This is the best book I have read about the brain and learning. Zull perspective forms the foundation for a teaching approach that can dramatically improve human learning."?David A. Kolb, Dept. of Organizational Behavior, Case Western Reserve University

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.
 

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As elementary school teachers, you will be entrusted by parents with the responsibility of developing the most important organ in the individual, the brain. This book aptly suggests the magnitude of the teaching career. As a teacher, you will be responsible for shaping thousands of young brains. You will actually influence the creation of synapses and neural networks associated with thinking and reasoning. As the gatekeepers of learning, you can start children on the path to a lifetime of discovery by teaching them the thinking skills they need to explore the unknown.  

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 Zull is Professor of Biology and Director of the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education, at Case Western Reserve University.

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