ERIC Number: EJ757404
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
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Addressing Literacy through Neuroscience
Miller, Steve; Tallal, Paula A.
School Administrator, v63 n11 p19 Dec 2006
Brain is the source of all human thoughts, feelings and emotions. Now the mysteries of the human brain are rapidly being elucidated by neuroscience research. For more than 150 years, neuroscience has held that most of the brain's functionality develops during critical periods in early childhood and that once past these critical periods, the window of opportunity for brain modification slams shut. However, today, after decades of research, this view of the brain as analogous to a hard-wired computer in favor of the concept that the brain is a continuously modifiable "plastic" organ throughout life was abandoned. This realization provides new opportunities for researchers to explore and develop a more complete understanding of human brain development and cognition and, most importantly to educators, to create neuroscience-informed instructional strategies that enhance the brain's capacity to modify itself through learning, known as neuroplasticity. Furthermore, the authors discuss lthe anguage-to-literacy link, which compels them to explore the components of spoken language, the organization of these components in the brain and the links between them and reading so they can understand how the brain learns to read.
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Speech, Oral Language, Brain, Literacy, Neurology, Teaching Methods, Scientific Research, Cognitive Development, Neurological Organization, Learning Processes
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