ERIC Number: ED211517
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
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Brain Research and Education: An Overview.
Hill, Kenneth L.
An overview of some educational implications of brain related research indicates that new insights can be gained from brain research. Four areas of study appear to be promising. First, the study of the evolution of the brain involves theories derived mostly from sociobiology, which is the study of the social behavior of animals, including humans in the context of evolutionary biology. Concepts about basic human needs and instincts may be derived from sociobiology. The second area of study, brain growth in children, has implications for educators. The periods of brain growth spurts, followed by learning plateaus, should be considered when choosing times for exposing children to new learning experiences. A third area of research is that which identifies innate differences between male and female brains. The fourth area is that of left/right brain hemisphere differences. In addition to these areas of study, other topics relating to brain growth include: (1) the study of learning as it physically changes the brain; (2) teaching people to learn and/or think; (3) physical aids to the brain such as certain drugs; (4) altered states of consciousness; and (5) research into optimum learning times. Certain skills, values, and thinking levels can be taught effectively only at certain times during an individual's developmental stages. (JD)
Descriptors: Brain, Cerebral Dominance, Cognitive Ability, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Style, Developmental Stages, Elementary Secondary Education, Epistemology, Individual Development, Learning Plateaus, Learning Processes, Sex Differences, Social Behavior
Not available separately; see SP 019 382.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Symposium "Education and Contemporary America" of the Boise State University School of Education (2nd, Boise, ID, October 8-10, 1981).