How the Brain Learns

How the Brain Learns

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Written for anyone who wants to better understand the way people learn, this fifth edition integrates recent developments in neuroscience, education, and psychology; and allows educators to experience the joy of seeing students reach their full potential. World-renowned educational neuroscience consultant David A. Sousa has helped tens of thousands of educators understand how brain research can improve teaching and learning.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 215 x 279 x 25.4mm | 1,100g
  • Corwin Press Inc
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 5th Revised edition
  • 1506346308
  • 9781506346304
  • 217,895

Table of contents

List of Practitioner's Corners
Preface to the Fifth Edition
Publisher's Acknowledgments
About the Author
Looking Inside the Brain
Implications for Teaching
Why This Book Can Help Improve Teaching and Learning
What's Coming Up?
Chapter 1: Basic Brain Facts
Some Exterior Parts of the Brain
Some Interior Parts of the Brain
Neuron Development in Children
The Brain as a Novelty Seeker
What's Coming Up?
Chapter 2: How the Brain Processes Information
The Information Processing Model
What's Coming Up?
Chapter 3: Memory, Retention, and Learning
How Memory Forms
Stages and Types of Memory
Learning and Retention
Factors Affecting Retention of Learning
Learning Motor Skills
Daily Biological Rhythms Affect Teaching and Learning
Intelligence and Retrieval
What's Coming Up?
Chapter 4: The Power of Transfer
What Is Transfer?
Teaching for Transfer
Additional Thoughts About Transfer
What's Coming Up?
Chapter 5: Brain Organization and Learning
Brain Lateralization
Spoken Language Specialization
Learning to Read
Learning Mathematics
Difficulties in Learning Mathematics
Mathematics for English Language Learners
What's Coming Up?
Chapter 6: The Brain and the Arts
The Arts Are Basic to the Human Experience
Why Teach the Arts?
Impact of the Arts on Student Learning and Behavior
The Visual Arts
What's Coming Up?
Chapter 7: Thinking Skills and Learning
Characteristics of Human Thinking
The Dimensions of Human Thinking
Revisiting Bloom's Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain
Other Thinking Skills Programs
What's Coming Up?
Chapter 8: Putting It All Together
Students Should Know How Their Brains Learn
What About the Flipped Classroom?
Daily Planning
Unit Planning
Maintaining Skills for the Future
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"How the Brain Learns is both professional and accessible. Of all the texts I have used for courses over the years, this one gets the best reviews from students. They love the diagrams and charts that make the concepts concrete and easier to grasp, they love the pithy quotes summarizing major points along the way. (Many of those quotes have found their way into student final papers and projects in my courses - all appropriately cited too!) I personally love the way the "What Do You Know" quiz at the beginning is carried all the way through with answers revealed and explicitly pointed out as they come up in context. It makes the book more cohesive and adds to the flow of conversation and reflection. My students are always blown away with the information and section on the neuro myths. Many have been taught these myths in their other teacher courses and many lively conversations are triggered by this section. Another strength of the book is the overall progression of topics and natural flow or rhythm to the material, which adds to the comprehension and accessibility. The discussion of action research is especially appreciated as I try to include mini research projects in my courses, and it's great to have the rational and description in the same book as the information about the brain. The Practitioner's Corner, Classroom Connections and thought provoking-questions make the book personal and meaningful for each of my students. " -- Kris Dreifuerst, Graduate Teaching Lecturer, Neurodevelopmental Approach to Teaching "This book's greatest strength is definitely its user friendliness. It reads easily and has good illustrations and examples of concepts. Just about every part of the book contains useful information. The Practioner's Corners provide application opportunities. My students love it!" -- Kathleen Kremer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
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About David A. Sousa

David A. Sousa, EdD, is an international consultant in educational neuroscience and author of more than a dozen books that translate brain research into strategies for improving learning. He has presented to more than 200,000 educators across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. He has taught high school chemistry and served in administrative positions, including superintendent of schools. He was an adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University and a visiting lecturer at Rutgers University. Dr. Sousa has edited science books and published dozens of articles in leading journals. His books have been published in French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, and several other languages. He is past president of the National Staff Development Council (now Learning Forward) and has received honorary degrees and awards for his commitment to research, professional development, and science education. He has appeared on NBC's Today Show and National Public Radio to discuss his work with schools using brain research.
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