ERIC Number: ED238422
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Half a Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste.
Conner, James E.
For Adults Only, v15 n1 p4 Fall 1982
Teachers cannot afford to ignore the research findings on right and left brain functions. Basically, three things have been discovered: (1) each hemisphere of the brain processes information differently; (2) in some people, the hemispheres work well together, in others they are in a constant state of disagreement; and (3) each hemisphere is equally important. Four distinct learning styles have been identified; their rough proportion in any school population is as follows: innovative learners (35%), analytic learners (22%), common sense learners (18%), and dynamic learners (25%). Our whole educational system is geared to the analytic learners, only 22 percent of the population. To encourage whole-brain learning necessitates constructing programs which incorporate all learning styles. Students need to learn from concrete experiences as well as abstract ones and to learn through both active experimentation and reflective observation. If whole-brain curricula and learning centers are developed, and instruction is geared to identified learning styles, then students will be more successful and feel far better about themselves. (DC)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Brain Hemispheres; PF Project