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ERIC Number: EJ781251
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0022-8958
Preserve the Child in Every Learner
Willis, Judy
Kappa Delta Pi Record, v44 n1 p33-37 Fall 2007
Childhood is a time when students are naturally curious and want to pursue their interests by learning all they can about the things that intrigue them. This interest-stimulated learning is a valuable template because it is compatible with the research discoveries of neuroimaging--what the brain looks like while it actively processes information. The narrowing of curriculum, by NCLB and mandated standardized tests tied to sanctions, is reducing the opportunities for the student-centered learning needed to keep the curious child alive in students from kindergarten through graduate school. This article explores research about the affective filter in the brain's limbic system and the neurotransmitter "dopamine" to suggest neuro-"logical" strategies that keep students engaged with learning by reconnecting them to their childhood curiosity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001