Natural Learning for a Connected World Education, Technology, and the Human Brain

ISBN-10: 0807751898

ISBN-13: 9780807751893

Edition: 2011

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Description: Why do video games fascinate kids so much that they will spend hours pursuing a difficult skill? Why dont they apply this kind of intensity to their school work? In their most penetrating and important work in years, these two leaders in the field of brain-based education build a bridge to the future of education with a dynamic model of teaching that works for all grade levels and in all cultural and ethnic groups. The authors education model, the Guided Experience Approach, is based on the way that biologists see learning as a totally natural, continuous interaction between perception and action. Natural Learning for a Connected World provides a practical, step-by-step description and successful examples from practice of this perception action cycle so that we can finally provide the learning environments essential for our children to thrive in the knowledge age.

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List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 3/14/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Renate Nummela Caine is a principal of Caine Learning LLC and consultant to districts, schools, teachers, administrators, and communities to implement brain-based learning. She is the senior author, with Geoffrey Caine, of the groundbreaking Making Connections:nbsp;Teaching and the Human Brain . She hasnbsp;worked with countless educators in the U.S. and around the globe.nbsp;Recently, Renate and Geoffrey Caine worked with a low-income, underachieving K-5 elementary school in California to help teachers design more innovative teaching strategies using the brain/mind learning principles and district standards. Caine is professor emeritus of education at California State University in San Bernardino, where she was also executive director of the Center for Research in Integrative Learning and Teaching. She has taught every level from kindergarten to university.nbsp;She earned hernbsp;PhDnbsp;from the University of Florida in educational psychology.

Geoffrey Caine is national director of the MindBrain Network of the American Society for Training and Development, a professional association in the field of workplace learning and performance. He and his wife, Renate Nummela Caine, a professor of education at California State University at San Bernardino, are researchers and consultants recognized as leading developers of brain-based learning. They are frequent contributors to the journal New Horizons for Learning, and have collaborated on several books. Among their writings are Making Connections: Teaching and the Human Brain (1991, 1994), MindShifts: A Brain-Based Process for Restructuring School and Renewing Education (1994, 1998), Education on the Edge of Possibility (1997), and Unleashing the Power of Perceptual Change: the Potential of Brain-Based Teaching (1997).

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Two Fundamentally Different Views of Learning
Who and What Are Educating Our Children?
Two Competing Worlds
Introduction to How People Learn Naturally
How Is Technology Impacting the World of Traditional Education?
Which System of Education Is Winning?
Tensions Generated by Introducing Technology Into Formal Education
Rescuing the Future
Resolving the Problem of Technology Can Give Life to the Other Purposes of Education
What Are the Powerful Beliefs About Learning and Teaching That Keep Education Frozen in Place?
Memes: Ideas that Govern Themselves
Where Do We Go from Here?
What Do Students Need in Order to Successfully Prepare for the Future?
What Does Education Need to Accomplish? An Emerging Consensus
The Executive Functions of the Human Brain
What Does This Mean for Education?
What is Natural About Learning?
The Perception/Action Dynamic: The Foundation for Learning from Life
The Perception/Action Dynamic
The Perception/Action Dynamic in Adolescence
The Perception/Action Cycle
The Science Behind the Perception/Action Cycle
The Organization of the Brain Through the Lens of Perception and Action
How the Cortex Develops
An Example That Blends Life and Science
The Central Role of Questions and Decision Making
Perception/Action Learning
Goal-Directed Perception/Action Learning
Divergent Paths in Teaching
Goals and Outcomes: Building Rich Neural Networks Requires Real-World Knowledge
Knowledge Networks
Qualities of Knowledge Networks
Schools Versus Videotech
The Challenge for Education
Side by Side: Traditional and Perception/Action Learning
Traditional Instruction
Perception/Action Learning
What Changes with the Perception/Action Learning Approach?
The Body/Mind Connection
Motivation: The Engine That Drives Perception/Action Learning
Just What Is Motivation?
What Motivates Students Intrinsically?
What are the Indicators of Intrinsic Motivation in the Lives of Students?
Extrinsic Motivation Rules in Traditional Education
How is Perception/Action Learning Different?
The Optimal State of Mind for Learning
Mind States
The Brain's Two Opposing Tendencies-The High Road and the Low Road
What Does a Positive Mind State Look Like in a Class or School?
Next Steps and a Word of Caution
How the System Engages the Low Road
The Big Picture
Ways in Which the System Induces the Low Road
Does Everything About Traditional Education Induce the Low Road?
Working with Biological Predispositions
A Map for Educators
The Low Road Revisited
Where to Begin?
How a Village, School, and Society Teach
The Biological Foundations of Social Learning
Implications for Education
The Guided Experience Approach
Implementing the Guided Experience Approach: The Three Critical Elements
Three Foundational Elements That Undergird the Guided Experience Approach
Two Running Examples
Relaxed Alertness
Organization and Structure at Bridgewater
The Philosophy and Culture of High Tech High
Orchestrated Immersion
Standards
The Phases
The Guided Experience Approach Expanded
How Bridgewater Strengthens the Guided Experience Approach
Active Processing
The Spirit of Process
Active Processing Fleshes Out and Enlivens the Guided Experience Approach
Window Into Tomorrow
Glossary
References
Index
About the Authors
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