ERIC Number: ED391658
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Models of Neural Plasticity and Classroom Practice.
Brown, Dawn L.; Wheatley, Grayson H.
The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between constructivism and neural organization. Support is given for a constructivist epistemology in current brain theory. A brief description of constructivism is provided, followed by the implication of this set of beliefs for viewing humans as self-organizing systems. What has been learned about how the brain is organized for cognitive functioning, with special attention to neuroplasticity, is described. Evidence for sensitive periods of development in the nervous system is presented. Recently developed techniques for studying human brain activity while engaged in cognitive activity are described. In the closing section of the paper, the implications of models of human brain functioning for theories of knowing are outlined, suggesting that constructivism fits well with these models. Contains 52 references. (MKR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (17th, Columbus, OH, October 21-24, 1995).