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The Jossey-Bass Reader on the Brain and Learning



The Jossey-Bass Reader on the Brain and Learning


This comprehensive reader presents an accessible overview of recent brain research and contains valuable insights into how students learn and how we should teach them. It includes articles from the top thinkers in both the brain science and K-12 education fields, such as Joseph LeDoux, Howard Gardner, Sally Shaywitz, and John Bransford. This rich and varied volume offers myriad perspectives on the brain, mind, and education, and features twenty-six chapters in seven primary areas of interest:
  • An overview of the brain
  • The brain-based learning debate
  • Memory, cognition, and intelligence
  • Emotional and social foundations
  • The arts
  • When the brain works differently

Sources vii

About the Authors xi

Acknowledgments xvi

Introduction xvii

PART ONE An Overview of the Brain

1. How Our Brain Constructs Our Mental World 3
Richard Restak

2. Mirrors in the Mind 12
Giacomo Rizzolatti, Leonardo Fogassi, and Vittorio Gallese

3. Alphabetized Entries from How to Explain a Brain 20
Robert Sylwester

PART TWO The Brain in the Classroom: The Brain-Based Learning Debate

4. Neuroscience and Education 33
Usha Goswami

5. In Search of . . . Brain-Based Education 51
John T. Bruer

6. Learning Not by Chance: Enrichment in the Classroom 70
Marian C. Diamond and Janet Hopson

7. Mind and Brain 89
John D. Bransford, Ann L. Brown, and Rodney R. Cocking

PART THREE The Thinking Brain: Memory, Cognition, and Intelligence

8. Learning and Remembering 109
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and Uta Frith

9. Who Owns Intelligence? 120
Howard Gardner

10. The Balance Theory of Wisdom 13
Robert J. Sternberg

11. Remembrance of Emotions Past 151
Joseph LeDoux

PART FOUR The Feeling Brain: Emotional and Social Foundations

12. We Feel, Therefore We Learn: The Relevance of Affective and Social Neuroscience to Education 183
Mary Helen Immordino-Yang and Antonio Damasio

13. Selections from Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers 199
Robert M. Sapolsky

14. The Effect of Violence and Stress in Kids’ Brains 216
Ronald Kotulak

PART FIVE The Learning Brain: Language, Reading, and Math

15. The Literate Brain 229
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and Uta Frith

16. Why Some Smart People Can’t Read 242
Sally Shaywitz

17. What Happens in the Brain When Children Read 251
Patricia Wolfe and Pamela Nevills

18. Small Heads for Big Calculations 273
Stanislas Dehaene

19. Math Skills 301
James P. Byrnes

PART SIX The Learning Brain: The Arts

20. The Brain and the Arts 331
David A. Sousa

21. The Role of the Arts in Transforming Consciousness: Education Is the Process of Learning How to Invent Yourself 359
Elliot W. Eisner

22. My Favorite Thing: Why Do We Like the Music We Like? 370
Daniel J. Levitin

PART SEVEN The Exceptional Brain: When It Works Differently

23. Exploring Exceptional Brains 385
Eric Jensen

24. Selections from The Minds of Boys 405
Michael Gurian and Kathy Stevens

25. The Great Continuum: Diagnosing Autism 413
Temple Grandin

26. Broken Mirrors: A Theory of Autism 435
Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Lindsay M. Oberman

Glossary 445

Credit Lines 455

"This is a solid introduction to the subject for a general reader" (BookNews, 02/18/08)
  • Covers the hot topic of brain research and its influence on teaching and learning. 
  • Offers teachers evidence for their practice. 
  • Useful in undergraduate and graduate coursework, across departments in schools of education.
  • Includes pieces by Marian Diamond, Howard Gardner, John Bruer, David Sousa, Sally Shaywitz, John Bransford--and more.
  • Contains glossary of brain terms, easy-to-understand brain diagrams, and other useful illustrative material.