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ERIC Number: EJ787001
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
A Fresh Look at Brain-Based Education
Jensen, Eric P.
Phi Delta Kappan, v89 n6 p408-417 Feb 2008
Many educationally significant, even profound, brain-based discoveries have occurred in recent years, such as that of neurogenesis, the production of new neurons in the human brain. It is highly likely that these discoveries would have been ignored if the education profession hadn't been primed, alerted, and actively monitoring cognitive neuroscience research and contemplating its implications and applications. In this article, the author discusses how understanding the brain and the complementary research can have practical educational applications. He makes a case that narrowing the discussion to only neurobiology (and excluding other brain related sciences) diminishes the opportunity for everybody to learn about how they learn and about better ways to teach. In addition, he shows how the synergy of biology, cognitive science, and education can support better education with direct application to schools. (Contains 28 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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