Neuromyths: Debunking False Ideas About The Brain

Neuromyths: Debunking False Ideas About The Brain

by Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa

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Overview

A guide to the science behind the art of teaching.

Not every teaching method touted as "brain-friendly" is supported by research findings—and misconceptions about the brain have the capacity to harm rather than help.

In her new book, Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa untangles scientific fact from pedagogical fiction, debunking dozens of widely held beliefs about the brain that have made their way into the education literature. In ten central chapters on topics ranging from brain structure to classroom environments, the text traces the origins of common neuromyths—from categorizing individuals as "right-brained" or "left-brained" to prevailing beliefs about multitasking or the effects of video games—and corrects the record with the most current state of knowledge. 

Rather than offering pat strategies, Tokuhama-Espinosa challenges teachers curious about the brain to become learning scientists, and supplies the tools needed to evaluate research and put it to use in the classroom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393713237
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,194,035
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, PhD, is a Professor at Harvard University's Extension School and is currently an educational researcher affiliated with the Latin American Social Science Research Faculty (FLACSO) in Quito, Ecuador. She is also the founder of Connections: The Learning Sciences Platform, and an Associate Editor of the Nature Partner Journal, Science of Learning. Tracey has taught Kindergarten through University and works with schools, universities, governments and NGOs in more than 40 countries around the world.

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