Introduction to Brain Based Learning & Eric P. Jensen
Principals of Brain Based Learning
Eric P. Jensen’s home page is entitled Game Changers on other connected pages he offers Principals of Brain Based Learning, some of the principals he views as most important and other tools that might be important to someone looking into his theories on brain based learning. Jensen also has several pages devoted to his workshops books, and other presentation materials. It is primarily addressed to the general public, instructors and policy makers.
Teaching with the Brain in Mind, Revised 2nd Edition
Eric P. Jensen was considered a pioneer in brain based learning when he released the First Edition of this book in 1998. When it became a best seller others followed suit and began using the multimodal learning method of teaching that uses different approaches and skills to fully engage students in the leaning procedure. This method engages all the senses to create a more meaningful learning experience. The target audience is all teachers and students who want to create a deep learning experience. This is still the fundamental book that introduces this process and is an important foundation to understand how to best understand how to teach any subject in a manner that will best engage students, activate their minds and engage their brains. It ties into any educational theory, practice or trend.
Brain-Based Learning: The New Paradigm of Teaching
Teaching with the Brain in Mind is the seminal book that introduced brain based learning. It was written to reach out to anyone interested in the learning process. Brain-Based Learning: The New Paradigm of Teaching is a follow up to this book and provides further information on using the students’ senses, learning styles and strategies to create a fuller learning experience. The difference between this book and its predecessor is that its target audience is the educator. Because it address how students learn it is applicable to many other educational theories, practices and trends. .
Enriching the Brain: How to Maximize Every Learner's Potential
Enriching the Brain: How to Maximize Every Learner's Potential goes further into the neuroscience of the brain to maximize its potential. As more students and teachers incorporated the theories of brain based learning into the education process Jenson saw that the initial success implied that there were even more effective methods to go further. This goes beyond the academic scope and “enriching” their brains to maximize its potential. The target audience is parents, teachers and policy makers. It can be applied to enhance the learning process as it applies to other educational theories, practices and trends. .
Super Teaching: Over 1000 Practical Strategies
Super Teaching: Over 1000 Practical Strategies goes further than Brain-Based Learning: The New Paradigm of Teaching and offers specific strategies, lesson plans, and teaching methods to put brain based learning theories into practice. It works as a companion text for an instructor who understands brain based learning and wants to use it in the every day classroom education practice although others like parents, students and policy makers can benefit from the understandings and practices in this text it is primarily written for a target audience of instructors. Like all Jensen’s other works it can enhance other educational theories, practices and trends. .
Arts with the Brain in Mind
Arts with the Brain in Mind is one of Jensen’s early works. Written between the first and second revisions of Teaching with the Brain in Mind, it is concerned with integrating the arts into the general education process. With this in mind addresses musical, visual, and kinesthetic arts increase their influence on learning in every subject. The vision of this book is not to decide if arts have a place in the learning process it is to understand how and which ones are best to employ in a given situation. It is geared towards instructors, parents, students and policy makers and they all can benefit from the understandings and practices. Like all Jensen’s other works it can be used to enhance other educational theories, practices and trends. .
A Fresh Look at Brain-Based Education
In A Fresh Look at Brain-Based Education that Eric P. Jensen, published in the Phi Delta Kappan Journal he looks back over the previous twenty plus years that ensued since he first published Teaching with the Brain in Mind, in this journal article he discusses the brain as a common denominator in learning. In doing so he reviews some of his early theory and ties it in with recent findings in neuropsychology and education practices. This paper is clearly written to address instructor and other researchers. As such it is more geared towards education theories rather than practices and trends. .
Education and the Brain: A Bridge Too Far
Education and the Brain: A Bridge Too Far is one of the sources that Jensen refers to in his journal article A Fresh Look at Brain-Based Education the article discusses cognitive science and sees his own research work as contributive rather than conclusive. He is clearly addressing other researchers and seeking to add to education theories rather than influence practices and trends. .
Connie Webber reviews A Fresh Look at Brain-Based Education by Eric P. Jensen, as it was published in the Phi Delta Kappan Journal and makes reference to other articles in the same journal. In her review she presents the ten most salient points and summarizes the basic theories and facts supporting them. Her article is clearly aimed to promote discussion on this topic with fellow educators. Because of this it differs from Jensen’s article in that she takes his theories and frames tem so that they are also applicable to education theory and practice. .
Introduction to Learning Styles & VARK Testing
VARK stands for Visual – Aural – Read/Write – Kinesthetic and there are a number of web sites that offer self-evaluation tests to introduce the elements of learning styles, help individuals determine their own learning style and produce a report that can be shared with an instructor to plan the most effective course of study. Most of these are deliberately designed to be simple, quickly understood and easy to use by anyone high school age or older. The four element VARK test with 16 questions is frequently used in as a starting point for academic studies. Other sites may incorporate additional elements such as a preference for social or solitary learning or logic styles. Because familiarity with these concepts is necessary to understand some more scholarly materials this literature review incorporates a brief evaluation of some of these sites.
VARK a guide to learning styles
VARK Learn offers a web site that introduces VARK learning styles and offers an opportunity to self-test VARK learning preferences.
Discover your Learning Styles - Graphically!
Sometimes an intense academic experience is not the best way to approach a new topic. Learning Styles Online had that in mind when designed their web site. They recognize seven different elements that help determine an individual’s learning tool box. .
First-Year medical students prefer multiple learning styles
In their paper entitled First-Year medical students prefer multiple learning styles Heidi L Lujan and Stephen E. DiCarlo present their findings from a study they as to the preferred learning styles of first year medical students. The conclusion supported that students found that using multiple sensory input maximized their information intake and retention. This study was addressed to other researchers, instructors and administrators and was intended for use in developing appropriate learning approaches for medical students. Lujan and DiCarlo used the VARK questionnaire to identify the students’ preferences and concluded that this method enriched the learning experience.
Adult Learning Styles: How the VARK© learning style inventory can be used to improve student learning
Vanessa Marcy addresses Adult Learning Styles: How the VARK© learning style inventory can be used to improve student learning for the Journal of the Association of Physician Assistant Programs. Her audience is physician’s assistants, instructors and policy makers involved in continuing education process for physician’s assistants. It addresses how VARK evaluations can enhance the learning process. It relates to learning styles and trends. .
Understanding Learning Styles
Understanding Learning Styles was written to help teachers target the styles and needs of their students. A part of this process is to use the VARK © learning assessment to get insight into the range and preferences of the students then incorporate as an effective means to provide a greater understanding of learning styles. The process outlined here goes deeper than just the standard VARK and engages over 18 dimensions to help learners understand fixed traits, mutable traits and how to further develop natural talents along with how to strengthen and overcome weakness. Its target audience is teachers and it relates to learning styles. .
Sunburst Web Site
The University of South Dakota maintains the Sunburst Web Site began as a scholarly paper published in the August 1989 edition of the Instructor Magazine. In 2009 that paper became the foundation for a web site making this site a unique combination of both a peer reviewed scholarly paper and a web site; and perhaps one of the best practical examples of multimodal education theory put to practical use. Its target audience is faculty, staff and Adult Learners. It ties into both learning styles and trends .
2. EDUCATIONAL TRENDS
Introduction to Multi-Modal Learning;
LEARNING STYLES AND STRATEGIES
LEARNING STYLES AND STRATEGIES, by Felder and Celanese, professors from the Department of Chemical Engineering from the University of South Dakota in the United States, along with Solomon the Coordinator of Advertising for the First Year College in that University worked together to address the issues they were seeing in regards to student expectations. They realized that using a variety of teaching modalities increased student understanding, reduced the problem of student attrition, student expectations, and increased student understanding of the course materials. This paper was written to address teacher, administrators and students. It involves education theory, practice and trends.
Thinking about Multimodality
Thinking about Multimodality argues teach how to prepare multimodal materials as part of the English Composition curriculum. It differs from the other sources in this document review in that it not so much about teaching in a multimodal method as it is in teaching students how to prepare the multimodal materials. It was written for instructors and policy makers. .
The desire to learn: an analysis of knowledge-seeking practices among professionals
The desire to learn: an analysis of knowledge-seeking practices among professionals looks at why many professions choose to turn education ad part of an ongoing process to enhance their employment and sometimes their personal lives as well. It is intended for educators and researchers.
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