ERIC Number: ED455218
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-13
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Brain Based Teaching: Fad or Promising Teaching Method.
Winters, Clyde A.
This paper discusses brain-based teaching and examines its relevance as a teaching method and knowledge base. Brain-based teaching is very popular among early childhood educators. Positive attributes of brain-based education include student engagement and active involvement in their own learning, teachers teaching for meaning and understanding, and teachers immersing students in complex learning experiences. Educators who advocate brain-based teaching focus on cognitive teaching methods, using findings from the neurosciences. Since researchers focus their interest on early education because of the rapid development of synapses during the early years, brain-based teachers hope to develop learning experiences and an enriched environment that can stimulate synaptic growth. Special educators recognize the potential of discoveries within neuroscience for special education instruction. Various instructional approaches have proven beneficial for children with learning disabilities. Research shows that direct and cognitive intervention strategies can remediate learning problems among students with learning disabilities. Research also shows a correlation between neuroscience and brain based education, highlighting three facts: the brain learns best through repetition, the emotionality of an experience influences retention, and the plasticity of the brain allows instructors the possibility of improving student memory. (Contains 49 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Identifiers: Brain Based Learning; Neurosciences