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How the Brain Learns

ISBN-10: 1412936616
ISBN-13: 9781412936613
Edition: 3rd 2006 (Revised)
Authors: David A. Sousa
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Book details

List price: $44.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 12/21/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

This edition focuses on helping educators turn research on brain functioning into practical classroom strategies. The text includes information on how the brain processes information and how this helps students learn, thinking skills and tips on strategies to maximise student retention.

Dr. David A. Sousa is an international consultant in educational neuroscience and author of 15 books that suggest ways that educators and parents can translate current brain research into strategies for improving learning. A member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, he has conducted workshops in hundreds of school districts on brain research, instructional skills, and science education at the Pre-K to 12 and university levels. He has made presentations to more than 100,000 educators at national conventions of educational organizations and to regional and local school districts across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.Dr. Sousa has a bachelorrsquo;s degree in chemistry from Bridgewater State University, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in science from Harvard University, and a doctorate from Rutgers University. His teaching experience covers all levels. He has taught senior high school science, served as a K-12 director of science, a supervisor of instruction, and a district superintendent in New Jersey schools. He has been an adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University and a visiting lecturer at Rutgers University.Prior to his career in New Jersey, Dr. Sousa taught at the American School of Paris (France), and served for five years as a Foreign Service Officer and science advisor at the USA diplomatic missions in Geneva (Switzerland) and Vienna (Austria).Dr. Sousa has edited science books and published dozens of articles in leading journals on staff development, science education, and educational research. His most popular books for educators, all published by Corwin Press, include: How the Brain Learns , fourth edition; How the Special Needs Brain Learns , second edition; How the Gifted Brain Learns ; How the Brain Learns to Read ; How the Brain Influences Behavior ; and How the Brain Learns Mathematics , which was selected by the Independent Publishersrsquo; Association as one of the best professional development books of 2008. The Leadership Brain suggests ways for educators to lead todayrsquo;s schools more effectively. His books have been published in French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and several other languages.Dr. Sousa is past president of Learning Forward (formerly NSCD). He has received numerous awards from professional associations, school districts, and educational foundations for his commitment to research, staff development, and science education. He recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award and an honorary doctorate from Bridgewater (Massachusetts) State University, and an honorary doctorate from Gratz College in Philadelphia.Dr. Sousa has been interviewed by Matt Lauer on the NBC Today Show and by National Public Radio about his work with schools using brain research. He makes his home in south Florida.

About the Author
Preface to the Third Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Looking Inside the Brain
Implications for Teaching
Why This Book Can Help Improve Teaching and Learning
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?
How the Brain Processes Information
The Information Processing Model
What's Coming Up?
Memory, Retention, and Learning
How the Memory Forms
Stages and Types of Memory
Learning and Retention
Factors Affecting Retention of Learning
Learning Motor Skills
Daily Biological Rythms Affect Teaching and Learning
Intelligence and Retrieval
What's Coming Up?
The Power of Transfer
What Is Transfer
Teaching for Transfer
Context and Degree of Original Learning
Additional Thoughts About Transfer
What's Coming Up?
Brain Specialization and Learning
Brain Lateralization
Spoken Language Specialization
Learning to Read
What's Coming Up?
The Brain and the Arts
The Arts Are Basic to the Human Experience
Why Teach the Arts
The Sciences Need the Arts
Impact of the Arts on Student Learning and Behavior
Music
The Visual Arts
Movement
What's Coming Up?
Thinking Skills and Learning
Characteristics of Human Thinking
The Dimensions of Human Thinking
Revisiting Bloom's Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain
Putting It All Together: Planning for Today and Tomorrow
Daily Planning
Unit Planning
Maintaining Skills for the Future
Conclusion
Glossary
References
Resources
Index

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