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Learning with the Brain in Mind

Learning with the Brain in Mind

January 2009 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Learning with the Brain in Mind explores recent findings in neuroscience and combines them with learning theory in three crucial and interconnected ways: attention, emotions, and memory. McNeil explains how attention is the foundation for intellectual development as part of an essential survival strategy, how emotional relationships are the basis for brain growth and the acquisition of cognitive and social skills, and how memory has important influences on the sense of self and therefore on learning. The book provides:

  • Evidence of the controversial impacts of diet, television, and mineral supplements on learning, both at school and at home
  • Examples from three research studies offering insights into students' attitudes to life and learning in school
  • Practical strategies that help students to learn in more effective ways

Promoting new thinking about learning and innovative strategies that arise from our understanding of how the brain works, this book will be of interest to teachers, parents, and other educators who want to enhance children's learning.

Frank McNeil was director of the National School Improvement Network at the Institute of education, and a former headteacher, principal inspector for an outer London LEA, and an Ofsted Registered inspector.

Seeing inside the brain
A journey round the brain
Pay attention and get connected!
Learning and the emotions
Memory, the brain and learning
The social brain and brain plasticity

"For readers new to brain-based education, as well as those already familiar with US counterparts on learning and the brain, McNeil's work offers yet another layer of insights into this very important topic."

L. O. Wilson
University of Wisconsin

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