This comprehensive, yet easy to understand primer for educators introduces the structural and functional organization of the brain. Recent research and imaging technologies are used to illustrate how the brain operates in reading, writing, and computing mathematics. This information is used to support select instructional practices and to dispel popular myths on learning styles and maturaltional readiness for advanced learning. Heavily illustrated, and with a number of thoughtful exercises, this book will provide educational professionals and psychology researchers with the necessary neuroscience background to make sense of how the brain is organized, how to optimally construct learning environments, and best practices for teaching.
Audience: Educators, educational psychologists, and learning disabilities specialists.
"Brain Literacy for Educators and Psychologists is an excellent book..."
From The Critics
A textbook for a pre-service or in-service course teaching basic neuroscience and brain imaging to teachers and other professionals who asses children with school learning problems. It is also suitable as a supplementary text in courses on literacy or numeracy. The purpose is to provide general principles rather than a plethora of facts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Acknowledgements. Part I: What Educators Ned to Know About the Brain.
Introduction and Conceptual Foundation.
General Principles of Microstructure and Microfunction.
General Principles of Macrostructure and Macrofunction.
General Principles of Brain Development. Part II: Linking Brain Research to Literacy Research.
Building a Reading Brain Neurologically.
Building a Writing Brain Neurologically.
Building a Computing Brain Neurologically. Part III: Linking Literacy Research to Brain Research.
Building a Reading Brain Pedagogically.
Building a Writing Brain Pedagogically.
Building a Computing Brain Pedagogically. Part IV: Educational Applications of Brain-Literacy Links.
Implications for Educational Policy.
Implications for Classroom Practice.