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How the Brain Learns


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List of Practitioner's Corners Preface to the Fifth Edition Publisher's Acknowledgments About the Author Introduction 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 Music The Visual Arts Movement 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 Conclusion Resources Glossary References Index

About the Author

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.


"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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