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Give your brain knowledge a boost David A. Sousa continues his successful tradition of translating current research findings into effective classroom strategies and activities in this new version of his bestselling text. The fourth edition of How the Brain Learns integrates the most current developments in neuroscience, education, and psychology to inform your instruction and enhance your students' learning. Included are
• New information on memory systems, especially the changes in working memory capacity
• Updated research on how the explosion of technology may be affecting the brain
• Current findings on brain organization and learning, and revised sections on hemispheric specialization
• Evidence that supports the value of the arts in improving cognitive processing and creativity
• An expanded resources section with links to reliable information on the brain
• More than 150 new or updated references Indispensable for all educators who want to better understand the way children learn, this classic volume will help you rediscover the joy of seeing students reach their full potential.

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Editorial Reviews

Marjorie Hall Haley

“I have found this book to be quite useful for doctoral-level students who are just beginning to read, examine, and comprehend brain research. It is a wonderful first step to exploring the fascinating world of brain-compatible teaching and learning!”

Kathy Tritz-Rhodes
“Dr. Sousa does a wonderful job of interpreting the research and using what is known about how the brain learns to provide teachers with effective strategies for the classroom.”
Marjorie Hall Haley
“I have found this book to be quite useful for doctoral-level students who are just beginning to read, examine, and comprehend brain research. It is a wonderful first step to exploring the fascinating world of brain-compatible teaching and learning!”
Jim Grant
"When it comes to brain research, David Sousa is first among peers. His straightforward explanation of the intricacies of the brain, based on solid research, turns theory into practice and allows educators to immediately operationalize concepts into classroom practice."
Geoffrey Caine
"How the Brain Learnsis an excellent text for educators who are looking to take the next step beyond the confines of the traditional model of direct instruction and who wish to ground their professional development in research about the brain. The chapter on 'The Brain and the Arts' in particular is superb."
Marilee Sprenger
"David Sousa will open your mind to the latest brain research that can be applied to classroom practice. This book belongs in the hands of every teacher for practical applications of cutting-edge findings that help us understand how the brain learns best.Sousa is apioneer in the field of brain-compatible learning, and his ability to synthesize the research is even better in this latest edition of How the Brain Learns."
Eric Jensen
"A wonderful and thorough compendium of how our brain learns. Packed with both scientific and practical information."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412997973
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/8/2011
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 58,337
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. David A. Sousa is an international consultant in educational neuroscience and author of 15 books that suggest ways that educators and parents can translate current brain research into strategies for improving learning. A member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, he has conducted workshops in hundreds of school districts on brain research, instructional skills, and science education at the Pre-K to 12 and university levels. He has made presentations to more than 100,000 educators at national conventions of educational organizations and to regional and local school districts across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.

Dr. Sousa has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Bridgewater State University, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in science from Harvard University, and a doctorate from Rutgers University. His teaching experience covers all levels. He has taught senior high school science, served as a K-12 director of science, a supervisor of instruction, and a district superintendent in New Jersey schools. He has been an adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University and a visiting lecturer at Rutgers University.

Prior to his career in New Jersey, Dr. Sousa taught at the American School of Paris (France), and served for five years as a Foreign Service Officer and science advisor at the USA diplomatic missions in Geneva (Switzerland) and Vienna (Austria).

Dr. Sousa has edited science books and published dozens of articles in leading journals on staff development, science education, and educational research. His most popular books for educators, all published by Corwin Press, include: How the Brain Learns, fourth edition; How the Special Needs Brain Learns, second edition; How the Gifted Brain Learns; How the Brain Learns to Read; How the Brain Influences Behavior; and How the Brain Learns Mathematics, which was selected by the Independent Publishers’ Association as one of the best professional development books of 2008. The Leadership Brain suggests ways for educators to lead today’s schools more effectively. His books have been published in French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and several other languages.

Dr. Sousa is past president of Learning Forward (formerly NSCD). He has received numerous awards from professional associations, school districts, and educational foundations for his commitment to research, staff development, and science education. He recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award and an honorary doctorate from Bridgewater (Massachusetts) State University, and an honorary doctorate from Gratz College in Philadelphia.

Dr. Sousa has been interviewed by Matt Lauer on the NBC Today Show and by National Public Radio about his work with schools using brain research. He makes his home in south Florida.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Fourth Edition
About the Author
1. Basic Brain Facts
2. How the Brain Processes Information
3. Memory, Retention, and Learning
4. The Power of Transfer
5. Brain Organization and Learning
6. The Brain and the Arts
7. Thinking Skills and Learning
8. Putting It All Together
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  • Posted November 26, 2012

    A great resource for educators of all topics

    I ordered this as a required text for a graduate school course, but I found myself drawn into reading it before I got my assignment syllabus. I had the introduction and the first two chapters complete, as well as the comprehension activities at the end of each chapter before I got my first assignments...

    It's well-written, and useful for all subject areas and grade levels...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2015

    Very good

    Keep going and good idea about les part

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2015


    Yay! I love this series. You need to keep going! Yay!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2015

    Down an alley

    Forget what number we were at, oh well. Sorry about the wait, I was busy. Have I already used Sarah? No idea where we were in the plot, anyhow...))
    On the other side of the city, Samantha was happily oblivious to what was going on in the poor section. She was just getting ready for a day with her friends. She stripped off her wight night gown and pa<_>nties and shot a glance into the bedside mirror. Her bo<_>obs were nicely curved but still firm on her chest. She smiled and ran her hands along her waist and hips. Her ni<_>pples grew hard and goosebumps appeared on her upper body. Her pu<_>ssy was newly shaven and she studdied it for any flaws. Satisfied she rung for her maid to bring her her clothes.
    <br> The maid hurried in, dropping a neatly folded emerald green gown with sapphires along the white laced cleavage and sleave ends, and several light undergowns, including two cups for her br<_>easts. Samantha nodded curtly and the maid closed the door behind her as she left.
    <br> Now her brother entered without knocking. Ignoring her absence of clothing, he hugged her and sat down on the bed.
    <br> "Brother..." Samantha started.
    <br> He held up a hand to stop her. "I've come with news and the duke's orders. You'll have to do just as I say. It is very important." He looks at her and pulls her onto the bed next to him. Cupping her head into his hands, he whispers pleadingly, "Please sister, dear."
    <br> "Anything", Samantha replied, her eyebrows furrowed in worry.
    <br> "Promise?"
    <br> Samantha nods.
    <br> "That's exactly what I hoped to hear", he smiled and kissed her forehead.
    <br> "Brother", Samantha started again, "I should get dressed first, it isn't decent."
    <br> Her brother just smiled and gripped her wrists. "I don't care if it's decent", he whispered.
    <br> "Brother, what will our parents say? I should really get dressed, it won't hinder you from telling me the duke's orders."
    <br> "Ahhh... but it will", he smiled at her reasuringly, "don't worry."
    <br> "But-", Samantha protested.
    <br> But her brother interupts her. "Samantha", he soothes her and stroked her cheek, "you promised."
    <br> "You're sure about this?", she asks.
    <br> "Possitive."
    <br> Samantha nods, "what must I do for the duke?"
    <br> "But it's not for the duke", her brother replies innocently, "it's only the duke's orders. He says you must do as I say for today. The whole family must. If I'm to be his succesor I should get used to being in charge."
    <br> "Father knows of this?"
    <br> "The duke has personally informed him of it", he affirmed.
    <br> Samantha sighed, "what are your orders that I cannot hear out whilst dressed?"
    <br> "Well..." her brother searched for words whike toying with one of her pillows, "I'm bored you see. I've already had our parents and their servants bring me breakfast and such, but now I've decided to do something else." He got up and pulled of his shirt.
    <br> Despite her rearing, Samantha had to admire her brothers muscukar chest. Without thinking she raised a hand to stroke it.
    <br> Her brother smiled to himself, perhaps this wouldn't need as much encouragement as he had thought. He unbuckled his belt and pulled of his pants, revealing an absence of loincloth.
    <br> Now Samantha's parents spoke in her mind and she averted her eyes. "But brother surely the duke..."
    <br> "The duke need not know exactly what my orders were, my dear sister."
    <br> Samantha nodded mutely, "of course not, brother."
    Like it? Should I add a le<_>sbian scene somewhere?

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