ERIC Number: ED104875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Challenge of the Brain.
Ayres, A. Jean
It was discovered a few years ago that a child's capacity for academic learning was partially dependent on visual and audio perception. It was also found that the development of perception in these sensory modalities was sometimes deficient. Educators immediately began to devise programs for perceptual-motor training, but ignored the role of the brain and nerviou system in perception. There are many reasons why neurological concepts are not employed in perceptual-motor training. Some of the reasons are that a) great effort is required to acquire concepts from the literature and organize them into a useful theoretical structure; b) it is impossible to assimilate all that is known of brain function, so that any theory cannot be completely correct; c) brain researchers usually deal with one aspect of the brain, but educators need to know about how the brain functions as a whole; d) brain research is incomplete; e) some of the research is inevitably inaccurate; and f) resultant procedures are not obviously related to the objective. There are two ways to deal with the challenge that brain research offers. The challenge can be ignored, or research can be directed to relating sensation, integration, perception, and motor activity to those neural structures which govern them. (PB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, Washington, DC. National Association for Sport and Physical Education.
Note: Presented at the Perceptual Motor Conference, Sparks Nugget Convention Center (Sparks, Nevada, August 26-28, 1971)