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The Jossey-Bass Reader on the Brain and Learning

  • ID: 2212380
  • Book
  • 480 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The Jossey–Bass Reader onthe Brain and Learning

"The potentials of brain science for education are indeed enormous. But realizing them requires building a new interdisciplinary science that explicitly links brain science and education . . . educators need to know about brain science, and scientists need to know about education."
Kurt Fischer and Mary Helen Immordino–Yang, from the Introduction

This 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

  • Language, reading, and math

  • The arts

  • When the brain works differently

The authors base their findings on cutting–edge research and real–world experience sharing practical lessons and strategies for the school or classroom. From the scholar to the practitioner, The Jossey–Bass Reader on the Brain and Learning is an invaluable resource for every educator interested in how children think and learn.

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About the Authors.



PART ONE An Overview of the Brain.

1. How Our Brain Constructs Our Mental World (Richard Restak).

2. Mirrors in the Mind (Giacomo Rizzolatti, Leonardo Fogassi, and Vittorio Gallese).

3. Alphabetized Entries from How to Explain a Brain (Robert Sylwester).

PART TWO The Brain in the Classroom: The Brain–Based Learning Debate.

4. Neuroscience and Education (Usha Goswami).

5. In Search of . . . Brain–Based Education (John T. Bruer).

6. Learning Not by Chance: Enrichment in the Classroom (Marian C. Diamond and Janet Hopson).

7. Mind and Brain (John D. Bransford, Ann L. Brown, and Rodney R. Cocking).

PART THREE The Thinking Brain: Memory, Cognition, and Intelligence.

8. Learning and Remembering (Sarah–Jayne Blakemore and Uta Frith).

9. Who Owns Intelligence? (Howard Gardner).

10. The Balance Theory of Wisdom (Robert J. Sternberg).

11. Remembrance of Emotions Past (Joseph LeDoux).

PART FOUR The Feeling Brain: Emotional and Social Foundations.

12. We Feel, Therefore We Learn: The Relevance of Affective and Social Neuroscience to Education (Mary Helen Immordino–Yang and Antonio Damasio).

13. Selections from Why Zebras Don′t Get Ulcers (Robert M. Sapolsky).

14. The Effect of Violence and Stress in Kids Brains (Ronald Kotulak).

PART FIVE The Learning Brain: Language, Reading, and Math.

15. The Literate Brain (Sarah–Jayne Blakemore and Uta Frith).

16. Why Some Smart People Can t Read (Sally Shaywitz).

17. What Happens in the Brain When Children Read (Patricia Wolfe and Pamela Nevills).

18. Small Heads for Big Calculations (Stanislas Dehaene).

19. Math Skills (James P. Byrnes).

PART SIX The Learning Brain: The Arts.

20. The Brain and the Arts (David A. Sousa).

21. The Role of the Arts in Transforming Consciousness: Education Is the Process of Learning How to Invent Yourself (Elliot W. Eisner).

22. My Favorite Thing: Why Do We Like the Music We Like? (Daniel J. Levitin).

PART SEVEN The Exceptional Brain: When It Works Differently.

23. Exploring Exceptional Brains (Eric Jensen).

24. Selections from The Minds of Boys (Michael Gurian and Kathy Stevens).

25. The Great Continuum: Diagnosing Autism (Temple Grandin).

26. Broken Mirrors: A Theory of Autism (Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Lindsay M. Oberman).


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