Annotated Bibliography of Resources for Educational Reform, Coherent Teaching Practice, and Improved Student Learning

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  • Jensen, E. (1998). Teaching with the brain in mind. Alexandria, VA: Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.

The author contends that this book offers the latest practical, easy-to-understand research on learning and the brain along with techniques for using this research in the classroom. A simple explanation of current brain research leads to a model for interpreting the research and assessing the degree of confidence to be placed in it. The highest level of reliability in this model involves action research done in schools or businesses under actual conditions. The book then presents scientific information about the brain, its functioning, and how learning takes place. The author concludes that we already know enough to design better assessments, create more productive learning environments, and do a better job in staff development. He is concerned that too much interest in the biology of the brain-based learning movement will take up valuable time that should be spent on the transformation of education. Educators are exhorted to engage in systemic, action research to find the answers that will help them do their jobs better.

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