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ERIC Number: EJ1126340
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1938-9809
Brain Science and Teaching: A Forty-Year Personal History
Kirby, Linda Faye
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2016 n1 2016
This paper is the sharing of a record, the personal history of an educator pursuing an interest in knowledge of the brain. Over the years, this fascination sparked the idea to create a course for teachers based on brain science, with a twist. Certain course assignments would require teachers to interpret knowledge of the brain in the context of their individual classes. In 2006, I completed a dissertation entitled "The Impact of a Brain Research Course on Knowledge of the Brain and Teacher Efficacy." Over the past ten years, I have continued to teach brain science research to master's level teachers. In this article, I share my observations and insights into the teaching of brain anatomy and function to teachers. The article focuses on the growing attraction of brain science research to educators. In it, I seek to illustrate how learning about the brain has created a positive force in the teaching lives of enrolled students, the learning of their students, the accommodations of curricular requirements, and the culture of the schools in which they operate. I conclude with observations regarding the utility, viability, and desirability of a course in brain research within other teacher preparation programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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