ERIC Number: EJ835170
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Varied Developmental Trajectories: Lessons for Educators
Snow, Catherine E.
Mind, Brain, and Education, v2 n2 p59-61 Jun 2008
Methodological ingenuity and deep knowledge of expected development are combined by Immordino-Yang to produce an enlightening analysis of 2 hemispherectomized youths. Specific lessons to be drawn from her article include the following: the limitations of anatomy in predicting function; the need for educators to understand fully the multifunctionality, plasticity, and experience-driven development of cortical structures; the importance of a wide-ranging and multilayered approach to assessment when it is being used for diagnostic purposes; and, finally, the difficulty (and importance) of distinguishing task accomplishment from procedures undertaken while performing the task. Carefully documented stories like those told by Immordino-Yang in this important article serve as a salutary reminder to educators that there are multiple pathways to the achievement of many developmental goals and that the educator's role is to support the student's optimal trajectory rather than imposing a normative trajectory.
Descriptors: Disabilities, Anatomy, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Psychological Studies, Brain, Cognitive Development, Academic Achievement, Teacher Role, Teacher Education
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