Enriching the Brain: How to Maximize Every Learner's Potential


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Eric Jensen is an internationally recognized educator known for his translation of neuroscience into practical classroom applications

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About the Author:
Eric Jensen is an internationally recognized educator known for his translation of neuroscience into practical classroom applications

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Educator Eric Jensen is convinced that most of us are shortchanging our children's brains. We regard them as passive receivers, static receptacles that can never exceed a "permanent" IQ. The idea of the immutable brain, Jensen notes, ignores decades of exciting lab-based neuroscience research. Enriching the Brain not only brings readers up to date on these exciting findings; it applies those findings to practical situations, explaining how selected types of learning condition can actually enrich the brain.
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Jensen (Teaching with the Brain in Mind) an internationally recognized expert on "brain-based" learning, posits that educational methods today, which focus on rigorous curricula and high-stakes testing, ignore what neuroscientific research has determined to be effective ways of improving the efficiency and efficacy of student learning. Such research has shown that learning is less likely to occur during ordinary or routine activities than when activities are novel and meaningful, when learning environments are complex but coherent, and when students are offered plenty of physical activity, good nutrition, limited stress, and social interaction. Jensen offers suggestions on implementing what we know of how the brain works in order to improve student performance. He believes that students' intelligence is often underestimated and that it is possible to use neuroscience to help all students achieve their full potential. The book is divided into ten chapters, among them "The Fixed-Brain Myth," "The Science Behind Enrichment," and "Exploring Exceptional Brains." Well written and backed by solid scholarship, this is an essential purchase for any academic library serving education students and professionals, as well as for public libraries serving parents of school-aged children.-Mark Bay, Univ. of the Cumberlands Lib., Williamsburg, KY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470223895
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/4/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 648,491
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Jensen is an internationally recognized educator known for his translation of neuroscience into practical classroom applications. A former teacher, he is the author of over twenty books, including the widely acclaimed Teaching with the Brain in Mind. He is a longtime member of the Society for Neuroscience and the New York Academy of Sciences. Jensen is currently a staff developer and is completing his Ph.D. in psychology.

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Table of Contents

1 The fixed-brain myth 1
2 Rethinking intelligence 19
3 The science behind enrichment 47
4 The malleable brain 85
5 Brains at risk 113
6 Exploring exceptional brains 145
7 Enrichment as educational policy 173
8 School and classroom solutions 207
9 Early childhood enrichment 243
10 Enriching the future 275
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