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ERIC Number: ED310111
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 11
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Epstein's Brain Growth Theory as Related to Cognitive Level Matching.
Dixon, Roslin Williams
This paper examines the theories of Herman T. Epstein, who has suggested that there may be a correlation between Piaget's stages of intellectual development and the brain growth stages. Epstein's research has indicated that the human brain grows in spurts rather than in simple linear increments across time. Of special significance to educators is the period in a child's development between the ages of 12 and 14. It is hypothesized that these middle school years correspond with a plateau of brain growth during which it is more difficult to initiate novel intellectual information. This period, when the child is developing new and different roles with the same and opposite sex, should be a time of consolidating and reviewing information and developing thinking skills, rather than introducing new concepts. Implications for curriculum development and teacher training are briefly discussed. (JD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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