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The Art of Changing the Brain : Enriching the Practice of  Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning - James Zull

The Art of Changing the Brain

Enriching the Practice of Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning

Paperback Published: 1st November 2002
ISBN: 9781579220549
Number Of Pages: 263

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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.

Industry Reviews

He does an excellent job of demonstrating his thesis that educators can use knowledge about the brain to enhance pedagogical techniques. Well written - highly recommended. - Choice "[A] necessary part of any collection of important literature on teaching and learning." - Michael Theall, National Teaching and Learning Forum "This is the best book I have read about the brain and learning. His perspective forms the foundation for a teaching approach that can dramatically improve human learning." - David A. Kolb, Dept. of Organizational Behavior, CWRU "It is clear by now, that I found Zull's book meaningful, clear, useful in many ways, and a wonderful explication of complex issues. I will sound its praises to anyone interested. I will use it with a faculty 'book club' next semester. I recommend it as a necessary part of any collection of important literature on teaching and learning. And I will incorporate its lucidity and depth into my own thinking, teaching, and wonder at the marvels of the human brain and the way that we use it in our classrooms and hopefully, in the rest of our lives." - Michael Theall, National Teaching and Learning Forum "I read (devoured) this book three times, and I am overwhelmed by it. It is just perfectly and brilliantly thought through! The reader receives important information in small and easily digestible portions. The illustrations from the author's own teaching experience underscore the points he makes in a profound way." - Margret Arnold, Education Graduate Student, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Augsburg University.

Introduction: A new perspective, some struggles, and a hope
The Sweet Edge: Learning is physical - we can understand!p. 1
Where we ought to Be: The natural relationship between brain structure and learningp. 13
Holding a Just Balance: Brain connections that change data into knowledgep. 31
Our Trade and our Art: Evolution of the brain and motivation of the learnerp. 47
A Feeling of this Business: In the business of reason and memory, feelings countp. 69
What we Already Know: To begin, find out about existing neuron networksp. 91
Only Connect!: How teachers can change neuronal networksp. 111
Sense Luscious: Using the power of the sensory brain to help people learnp. 135
Waiting for Unity: Helping people comprehend their experiencep. 153
The Courageous Leap: Creating knowledge by using the integrative frontal cortexp. 177
Test by Trial: Using the motor brain to close the loop of learningp. 203
We did this ourselves: Changing the brain through effective use of emotionp. 221
Epiloguep. 247
Indexp. 251
About the Authorp. 263
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ISBN: 9781579220549
ISBN-10: 1579220541
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 263
Published: 1st November 2002
Publisher: Stylus Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.38