ERIC Number: ED198538
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Balancing the Hemispheres: Brain Research and the Teaching of Writing. Curriculum Publication No. 14.
Rico, Gabriele Lusser; Claggett, Mary Frances
Taking a cautious view of research into the workings of the brain, this booklet suggests that such research has merely given validity to a truth good teachers have always known: all people have two ways of thinking, a linear, logical way, and a spatial, intuitive way. It also suggests that faced with cries for "basics" in education, it should be remembered that nothing is more basic than thinking and that in a balanced curriculum, both kinds of thinking deserve a place. Noting that instruction in linear, logical thinking has long dominated the way writing is taught, the booklet provides a number of activities that involve students in the other kind of thinking as they compose. It argues that such activities can enrich instruction and help teachers reach students who do not respond with enthusiasm to the grammar lesson, the outline, or the five-paragraph theme. Appendixes contain models for constructing frameworks for the writing curriculum and student writing samples. (FL)
Descriptors: Cerebral Dominance, Cognitive Processes, Elementary Secondary Education, Logical Thinking, Research Utilization, Teaching Methods, Writing Exercises, Writing Instruction, Writing Processes
Publications Department, Bay Area Writing Project, 5635 Tolman Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 ($3.00 postage and handling).
Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. School of Education.