ERIC Number: ED224268
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Educating the Other Half: Implications of Left/Right Brain Research.
Rubenzer, Ronald L.
The document looks at left/right brain research as it relates to learning styles and teaching styles, particularly in special education. An initial section on brain basics covers the history of brain research, methods of investigation, cerebral dominance, divisions of labor of the bifunctional brain, language and related functions, bilingualism, learning styles, traditional education and the single brain, and emotions and the brain. A second section considers the need to integrate both convergent left-hemisphere modes in learning experiences. Another section examines determinants of neurologically based learning styles including the impact of age, sex, and handedness on left or right brain learning style preference. The effects of relaxation and diet upon brain functioning is the topic of the fourth section. The fifth section discusses findings relative to the study of learning disabilities, mental health, and creativity. Methods for educational assessment of learning styles are reviewed, such as the Structure of Intellect Learning Abilities Test and the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Revised. Steps toward dealing with the whole child in the educational system should incorporate consideration of teachers' verbal and nonverbally expressed attitudes, relaxation strategies, general strategies which more fully involve the brain in learning, and curricular strategies which promote integrated processing of information. Following a summary and a list of implications for education are appendixes which contain 35 activities to stimulate integrated/right brain processes and a brief report on the deprivation of estimates for national prevalence of right brain children. (SW)
Descriptors: Cerebral Dominance, Cognitive Processes, Disabilities, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Learning Activities, Learning Disabilities, Learning Processes, Literature Reviews, Stimulation, Teaching Methods
The Council for Exceptional Children, Publication Sales, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091 (Publication No. 264, $4.00).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children, Reston, VA.