ERIC Number: ED211519
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
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Implications of Right Brain Research on Curriculum Development.
The idea that the brain may be more complex and varied in the ways that it responds to and interprets information than is generally recognized suggests that both the left and right hemispheres are in need of total development. In discussing the development of curriculum that will bring into harmony the functions of both brain hemispheres, it is pointed out that young children, in watching television or playing electronic games, are developing the spatial and holistic potentials of their brains. An example is given of the thematic basis in the movie "Star Wars" to illustrate the potential of developing the right brain hemisphere. "The Force" is an intuitive skill that actually can be studied and mastered by children and adults. The works of anthropologists exploring eastern meditation and altered states of reality are also cited as examples of using and developing the right brain hemisphere. Recommendations are made for developing a curriculum that uses equally both sides of the brain. These include: (1) activities for the whole brain; (2) fragmentation of curriculum so that its parts may be seen as amounting to a whole that is greater than any single subject; (3) an increase in the amount of visual information in instruction; (4) provision of opportunities for experiential learning; (5) activities involving fantasy, meditation, and consciousness raising; (6) more opportunities for expression in art and music; and (7) courses whose outcomes are undefined and from which a variety of skills may emerge which seem to have no logical or necessary application. Bibliographies on brain research, the cerebral hemispheres, and implications for education are included. (JD)
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Cerebral Dominance, Cognitive Style, Curriculum Development, Divergent Thinking, Elementary Education, Experiential Learning, Learning Processes, Literacy, Perceptual Motor Learning, Sensitivity Training, Spatial Ability, Television Viewing
Not available separately; see SP 019 382.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Symposium "Education and Contemporary America" of the Boise State University School of Education (2nd, Boise, ID, October 8-10, 1981).