Brain Research and Childhood Education: Implications for Educators / Edition 1

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  • ISBN-13: 9780871731548
  • Publisher: Association for Childhood Education International
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 76

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Contents 7
Chapter 1. The Brain as a Topic of Research Throughout History 9
Early Study of the Brain 9
Beginnings of "Scientific" Study 10
Late 19th and Early 20th Century Study 12
Mid to Late 20th Century Study 12
Metabolic Procedures 12
PET and SPECT 14
fMRI 14
Electrophysiologic Procedures 14
EEG 14
ERP 14
Magnetic Procedures 14
Neuropsychological Assessment Procedures 15
Speculative Cognitive Models and Theories of Brain Functioning 15
Implications of Past Research for Childhood Education 15
Chapter 2. The Brain's Structures and Functions 17
One Model of Brain Structure: The Triune Brain 17
Functions and Structures of the Brain 19
The Neuronal Network 19
Brain Structures 20
The Cerebral Cortex 21
The Limbic System 21
The Brain Stem 22
Implications of Brain Function/Structure Knowledge for Childhood Education 23
Chapter 3. Brain Growth and Neurological Development and Environmental Experiences: Prenatal to Age 3 25
Brain Growth and Neurological Development During the Prenatal Period 25
Impact of Prenatal Genetic/Environmental Interaction 26
Brain Growth and Neurological Development During the First Year 27
Brain Growth and Neurological Development in Years 2 and 3 29
Impact of Genetic/Environmental Interaction From Birth to 3 30
Brain Structure/Function Relationships to Autistic Spectrum Disorder 32
Implications of Brain Research for Childhood Education 33
Implications for the Prenatal Period 33
Implications for the Birth to Age 3 Period 33
Chapter 4. Brain Growth and Neurological Development and Environmental Experiences: Ages 3 to 8 37
Brain Growth and Neurological Development During the 3-8 Age Period 37
Relationship of Brain Structure/Function to Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders 39
Impact of Genetic/Environmental Interaction Influences 41
Implications for Childhood Education 41
Chapter 5. Brain Growth and Neurological Development and Environmental Experiences: Ages 8 to 14 45
Brain Growth and Neurological Development During the 8-14 Age Period 45
Impact of Genetic/Environmental Interaction Influences 47
Brain Injury and Its Relationship to Childhood Education 48
Implications for Childhood Education 49
Chapter 6. Evaluating Childhood Education Practices in the Light of Present and Future Brain Research 53
Implications of Brain Research for Specific Educational Practices 53
Art and Music Early Experiences 53
Computers and Other "Smart" Toys 54
Cooperative Learning 54
Critical Periods for Timing Certain Educational Experiences 55
Developmentally Appropriate Practice 56
Emotional Development As an Educational Goal 56
Fine/Gross Motor Development As an Educational Goal 56
First and Second Language Learning 57
Health and Nutrition Education 57
Inclusion 58
Intervention Practices 58
Left Brain/Right Brain Teaching Strategies 58
Memory Teaching Strategies 59
Metacognitive Teaching Strategies 59
Multiple Intelligences Teaching Strategies 60
New Math and Old Math 60
Oral Language and Emerging Literacy 60
Play in the Curriculum 61
Pro-social and Social Skill Development As Educational Goals 61
Self-Esteem and Self-Efficacy As Educational Goals 62
Standards-based Education/Curriculum Alignment 62
Whole Language/Phonics Training 63
Implications of Brain Research for Advocacy of Excellence in Childhood Education 63
Excellence of Prenatal Care 63
Safe Environments 63
Quality Early Child Care and Education 64
Knowledgeable Educators 64
Summary 65
References 67
Glossary of Terms 75
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