Learning about Learningby Barber, Marian C. Diamond, Katherine Barrett, Lincoln Bergman
In this truly unique series of activities, students gain insight into the process of their own learning and consider how learning helps humans survive and thrive. The rich variety of activities, stories, and articles is a wonderful introduction to the topic of learning and the marvels of the human brain. The unit also exemplifies teaching approaches that take into account different learning styles and the idea of "multiple intelligences." Many teachers present these activities at the start of the school year so students can apply their new consciousness about their own learning and the workings of the brain over the rest of the year.
How, as individuals, do humans learn? What hinders and helps our learning? Do animals learn in a similar way? How, as a community of humans, do we learn things that are important for survival? How do our brains get information? Does the actual structure of our brains change with learning? To investigate these and other questions, students delve into the human organism and nervous system, animal behavior, health and safety issues, product testing, and the ethics of experimentation. In the process, they learn a great deal about what scientists actually do.
The unit begins with irresistible maze-making activities. Then, in two different sessions, students role-play wolf pups seeking their own pack and determining which foods are safe to eat. A compelling mystery scenario focuses on health issues, including a strong message against sniffing of glue and other solvents. In other sessions, student-scientists simulate the pioneering work of Dr. Marian Diamond on the impact of enriched and impoverished environments on brain development. A closing play ties the many strands of the unit together in a novel and memorable way.
- University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Hall of Science
- Publication date:
- Great Explorations in Math and Science Series
- Edition description:
- New Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 8.59(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.60(d)
- Age Range:
- 11 - 13 Years
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