How the Brain Learns: Towards a New Learning Science / Edition 1

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In this groundbreaking book, two leading authorities in the field review what we really know about how and when the brain learns, and consider the implications of this knowledge for educational policy and practice.
• pioneering book in emerging field from two leading authorities;
• reviews in an accessible style what we know about how and when the brain learns;
• draws out the implications of this knowledge for educational policy and practice;
• covers studies on learning during the whole of development, including adulthood;
• looks at what we can learn from brain research about children with learning difficulties, and how this can inform remedial education.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This beautifully written book by two experts is compelling readingfor anybody who wants a clear, authoritative account of how ourbrain learns. It will enthrall the widest possible readership -those people who have no previous knowledge of brain science, andthose who have a detailed grasp of how the brain works."
Robert Winston, Imperial College London

"This upbeat, fast paced review of brain research is a mustread. It has a large canvass and a big point – when it comesto learning, it’s all about the brain.”
Michael S. Gazzaniga, David T. McLaughlin DistinguishedUniversity Professor, Dartmouth College

"This is an exciting, readable and compelling account of how theworkings of the brain shape both formal and informallearning."
Kathy Sylva, Professor of Educational Psychology, University ofOxford

"Sarah Blakemore and Uta Frith have written a highly accessiblesurvey of the many links between brain science and education. Theydo a beautiful job of summarizing many recent and excitingdiscoveries in neuroscience, brain imaging, and psychology, fromsleep to dyslexia, autism or attention deficits. Teaching willalways be something of an art – but the teachers who readThe Learning Brain will know much more about the sciencebehind it. This book should be read by all educators, students andparents who want to understand how the brain changes duringlearning, and what can be done to ground educational practices on asound basis in psychology and neuroscience." Stanislas Dehaene,INSERM Cognitive Neuroimaging Research Unit,Paris

“It [The Learning Brain: Lessons forEducation] is rich with facts, yet easily accessible to thegeneral reader. While sending a positive and encouraging messageabout the relevance of neuroscience to the classroom, its tone isresponsible and not exaggerated. The book is packed with details ofcutting-edge research, presented in a lively manner with care toavoid excessive detail.
Nature Neuroscience, October 2005

"The material is well presented, and much of it isfascinating in its own right. Anyone interested in the workings ofthe brain can profit from reading this book."
PsycCRITIQUES, October 2005

"The Learning Brain should become compulsoryreading for everyone who is involved in educational practice andpolicy because it by no means raises unrealistic hopes, or –like some other popular books in this field – give more orless trivial advice about ‘brain-appropriate’ learning.It also helps in the understanding of what might have gone wrong inthe brains of learners who, for example, have persistent readingdifficulties despite schooling, or who fail to grasp advancedmathematical and scientific concepts."
Trends in Cognitive Science, December 2005

"This is a very readable account of the findings of brainresearch and will appeal to a wide variety of readers . . .Readers, whether they be members of the general public who have aninterest in how the brain works, people working within education ornew researchers will be amazed by the findings of brain researchand will want to find out more."
Education in the North

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405124010
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 997,351
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore is a Research Fellow at the Instituteof Cognitive Neuroscience at University College, London. She isengaged in neuroscience research, for which she obtained the 2001British Psychological Society Award for Outstanding DoctoralResearch. She has been seconded to the Houses of Parliament towrite a report on Early Years Education for Select Committee forEducation. Her involvement in the Public Engagement with Science isdemonstrated in her frequent public lectures and scientificconsultancy on a major BBC series on the Human Mind.

Uta Frith is Professor of Cognitive Development andDeputy Director of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience atUniversity College, London. She has researched developmentaldisorders for more than 30 years. She is a leading authority onautism and dyslexia and has gained prestigious prizes and honorarydoctorates. She is the author of well known books on autism andAsperger syndrome. Her work has led to greater awareness ofdisorders of cognitive and social development with a basis in thebrain.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction.

2. The Developing Brain.

3. Words and Numbers in Early Childhood.

4. The Mathematical Brain.

5. The Literate Brain.

6. Learning to Read and its Difficulties.

7. Disorders of Social-Emotional Development.

8. The Adolescent Brain.

9. Life Long Learning.

10. Learning and Remembering.

11. Different Ways of Learning.

12. Harnessing the Learning Powers of the Brain.




Further Reading.


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