The Art of Changing the Brain: Enriching the Practice of Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning / Edition 1

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Overview

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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"I found The Art of Changing the Brain to be deeply thought provoking. It is not only grounded in emerging brain research but relates such research directly to the experiences of students and challenges of classroom teaching. As a Middle School Administrator, I believe that this book will become an excellent and unique resource for the ongoing professional growth of educators. The book can be profitably read by any teacher at any level, and I intend to use it in my own courses for students in education classes."

"I love this book. It is refreshing because it takes a leap into the meaning of brain research for educators (sometimes precisely and sometimes a bit vague, but a leap! We have been waiting for such a book to comfortably combine the science with the practice. I hope to use it for a seminar with my own students."

"I have just discovered your amazing book, The Art of Changing the Brain. I found it among the new books and materials, just before winter break, and read it every day now—though I am only at Chapter 6. I find I reread, and make so many connections as I go, and I do not wish to rush! "

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579220549
  • Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 263
  • Sales rank: 234,569
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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