Saturday, June 23, 2012

Another Big Fat Study I liked

Plants on every table.  Water bottles everywhere.  Indirect lighting with limited florescents.  Brain gym.  Brain breaks.  Music.

These are additions to the classroom that you'd see in a Brain Compatible Classroom.  Here is a study that I liked from May 2007 entitled,

Which Brain Research
Can Educators Trust?

Neurological research has discovered much about how the brain works, Dr. Willis writes. But educators need to be cautious when applying this research to teaching. BY JUDY WILLIS, M.D.

Highlights include: 

 "Good-quality, peer-reviewed brain research can provide solid biological data and explanations, but educators need to be cautious about the claims that are said to be based on brain research."(p698)

Teaching strategies derived from well-controlled neuroimaging studies are at best compatible with the research about how the brain seems to respond preferentially to the presentation of sensory stimuli." (p699)

"It would be premature and against my training as a med- ical doctor to state that any of the strategies that claim to be brain-based are as yet firmly validated by the complete meshing of simultaneous cognitive studies, neuroimaging, and educational classroom research. For now, a combination of the art of teaching and the science of how the brain responds metabolically to stimuli will be the best guide for educators in their efforts to find the best neuro-logical ways to present information in ways that potentiate learning." (p699)

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