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ERIC Number: ED226464
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 30
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Brain Hemispheres: Administrators Must Look Also to the Right.
Dalili, Farid
In relating brain hemisphere differences to education and educational administration, the author reviews literature on the issue and discusses the concepts involved. For background, he briefly goes over the history of brain and cognition studies and the advent of "split-brain" studies and the "triune" brain theory. Definitions are then given of the brain itself and of hemispheric specialization theory. The latter theory is further described in the next section, on the left and right cerebral hemispheres. A listing of the characteristics of each side is given; the left side is considered the more analytic and logical and the right the more emotional and synthesizing. The author concludes that more research is needed to apply split-brain theory to education and notes that research results so far are not conclusive. He suggests research on the origins of cerebral asymmetry, the learning of cognitive modes, and the relationship of cerebral dominance to situational factors. More attention in teaching should be given, he says, to the brain's right side. Among the implications noted for educational administrators are that planners use the right side, managers the left, but both roles are needed for educational policy-making. (RW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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