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Art of Changing the Brain: Enriching the Practice of Teaching by Understanding the Biology of Learningby James E Zull
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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.
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Zull teaches biology and directs a center for teaching innovation at Case Western Reserve U. He argues that understanding the brain benefits teaching, by giving educators new ideas for educational tools, changing ideas of how the mind works, and altering teaching practices and philosophies. Coverage includes the foundations for learning; the relationship of neuronal networks to knowledge and learning, and the implications of this information for teachers; the five major parts of the cerebral cortex and their roles in learning; and ways for educators to use this knowledge about the brain to enrich their teaching. For teachers working at all levels of education, and for those who "teach" others in informal ways.
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