ERIC Number: ED383148
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr-7
Education's New Pole-Sitter: Brain-Compatible Theory and Integrated Thematic Instruction.
This paper focuses on the elements of brain-compatible learning theory and instruction, noting its significance for students with developmental disabilities. The paper proposes a learning program for children (with and without disabilities) which is "brain-compatible," defined as "absence of threat." Eight elements are seen as critical in implementing a brain-compatible learning theory, and a variety of teaching principles are offered to support the first five elements. The eight elements are: (1) trust (suggestions cover ways to build classroom trust); (2) choices (ways to encourage authentic achievement in students); (3) meaningful content (ways to integrate the curriculum and maximize real world experiences); (4) adequate time (ways to help students construct meaningful schema and meet individual needs); (5) enriched environment (ways to design an enriched but focused classroom); (6) collaboration; (7) immediate feedback; and (8) mastery. (Contains 14 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Cooperative Learning, Developmental Disabilities, Educational Philosophy, Educational Principles, Elementary Secondary Education, Feedback, Learning Theories, Mastery Learning, Neurology, Personal Autonomy, Thematic Approach, Time Factors (Learning), Trust (Psychology)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (73rd, Indianapolis, IN, April 5-9, 1995).