Art of Changing the Brain Enriching the Practice of Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning

ISBN-10: 1579220541
ISBN-13: 9781579220549
Edition: 2002
Authors: James E. Zull
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Book details

List price: $27.50
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 10/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 263
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Neuroscience tells us that the products of the mind -- thought, emotions, artistic creation -- are the result of the interactions of the biological brain with our senses and the physical world: in short, that thinking and learning are the products of a biological process. This realization, that learning actually alters the brain by changing the number and strength of synapses, offers a powerful foundation for rethinking teaching practice and one's philosophy of teaching. James Zull invites teachers in higher education or any other setting to accompany him in his exploration of what scientists can tell us about the brain and to discover how this knowledge can influence the practice of teaching. He describes the brain in clear non-technical language and an engaging conversational tone, highlighting its functions and parts and how they interact, and always relating them to the real world of the classroom and his own evolution as a teacher. "The Art of Changing the Brain" is grounded in the practicalities and challenges of creating effective opportunities for deep and lasting learning, and of dealing with students as unique learners.

James E. Zull is Professor of Biology and of Biochemistry, and Director of The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) at Case Western Reserve University. After 25 years of research on cell-cell communication, protein folding, cell membranes, and biosensors, he turned his interest toward understanding how brain research can inform teaching. Building on his background in cell-cell communication, his experience with human learning and teaching at UCITE, and drawing on the increasing knowledge about the human brain, led to writing his acclaimed first book, The Art of Changing the Brain.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: A new perspective, some struggles, and a hope
The Sweet Edge: Learning is physical - we can understand!
Where we ought to Be: The natural relationship between brain structure and learning
Holding a Just Balance: Brain connections that change data into knowledge
Our Trade and our Art: Evolution of the brain and motivation of the learner
A Feeling of this Business: In the business of reason and memory, feelings count
What we Already Know: To begin, find out about existing neuron networks
Only Connect!: How teachers can change neuronal networks
Sense Luscious: Using the power of the sensory brain to help people learn
Waiting for Unity: Helping people comprehend their experience
The Courageous Leap: Creating knowledge by using the integrative frontal cortex
Test by Trial: Using the motor brain to close the loop of learning
We did this ourselves: Changing the brain through effective use of emotion
Epilogue
Index
About the Author

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