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ERIC Number: ED158257
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Reading Comprehension and Right/Left Brain Thinking.
Winzenz, Marilyn
Extensive research has proven that the functions of the two hemispheres of the brain tend to be qualitatively different. The left hemisphere, which for most people is dominant, is the major controller of speech, reading, and writing; it is the hemisphere toward which education traditionally has been directed. The right hemisphere excels in nonverbal skills. It also appears to be responsible for providing the intuitive, imaginative, creative side of human personality. It is this hemisphere that many educators claim has been neglected in the schools. The challenge for the teacher of reading is to draw upon both modes of knowing to enhance comprehension. Teachers need to learn how to encourage expression of the nondominant and creative right hemisphere to facilitate the active, problem-solving left hemisphere; to ignore the function of the right hemisphere is to teach only half the child. Numerous teaching/learning activities could effectively be used to draw upon both brain sides; among them: the active art of questioning by both the student and the teacher; daily exposure to literature and writing opportunities; diagnostic teaching; and individual conferences. Knowledge of the two hemispheres can help educators see the complexities of learning more clearly and impress upon them the need for increased diversity in curricula and methods. (FL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the California Reading Association of the International Reading Association (11th, Anaheim, California, November 2-5, 1977)