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ERIC Number: ED153258
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Education and the Brain. Fastback 108.
Grady, Michael P.; Luecke, Emily A.
The split brain theory states that the right hemishpere of the brain controls intuitive, holistic, and simultaneous operations (such as creative imagining) and the left hemisphere controls linear, sequential, and verbal operations (such as reading and calculating). This booklet summarizes current brain research and examines its implications for educators seeking a balanced curriculum that does not neglect activities controlled by the right hemisphere and over-emphasize those controlled by the left. Among the topics discussed are the following: the need for Western culture to develop the holistic mode of thinking; ways to balance curricula through the use of curricula through the use of right hemisphere courses on such subjects as art, music, and drama; the need for new processes of student evaluation that measure children who are oriented visually and metaphorically but not verbally; and strategies for balanced instruction in each of the content areas. Finally, an overview of the evolution of human consciousness and its implications for education is given. The overview suggests that when the two hemispheres begin to operate in balance and are used appropriately, a synergetic mode of consciousness will result, which can lead to peak experiences and synchronization of the holistic and linear modes. (CC)
Descriptors: Brain, Cerebral Dominance, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Philosophy, Educational Research, Educational Theories, Fine Arts, Humanistic Education, Neurological Organization
Phi Delta Kappa, Eighth and Union, Box 789, Bloomington, Indiana ($0.60 member, $0.75 non-member)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.