ERIC Number: ED119063
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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Essentials of Suggestopedia: A Primer for Practitioners.
Caskey, Owen L.; Flake, Muriel H.
Suggestology is the scientific study of the psychology of suggestion and Suggestopedia in the application of relaxation and suggestion techniques to learning. The approach applied to learning processes (called Suggestopedic) developed by Dr. Georgi Lozanov (called the Lozanov Method) utilizes mental and physical relaxation, deep breathing, positive suggestions, and background music to increase the amount of material learned in a given time, or reduce the amount of time necessary to learn new material. Theoretically, through the Suggestopedic approach, information bypasses emotional blockage and anti-suggestive barriers to go directly into the long-term memory area of the brain. This makes learning not only faster, but more enjoyable for both children and adults and results in a higher retention rate. In addition, the self concept of the learner is enhanced both as a result of higher achievement and the positive suggestions which are a part of the approach. While research results are sparse and not readily available in English translations, there is ample evidence that the method is highly effective in a wide variety of learning and therapeutic settings. Additional experimental projects and practical applications are needed to assess the effectiveness of the method in specific settings and under realistic conditions as they are found in schools, hospitals, clinics, and agencies where teachers and counselors work. (Author)
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