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Why The Brain Matters
A Teacher Explores Neuroscience



April 2019 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Educational neuroscience is one of the most hotly debated areas of research and is often misrepresented with grand claims for what it means for teaching and learning. Is each side of the brain responsible for different types of mental activity? Can listening to Mozart improve long-term brain function? Can neuroscience help with reading, or student motivation? In this book, teacher, education consultant and researcher Jon Tibke fact-checks prevailing 'neuromyths' by shining a light on what scientific research is truly relevant for the classroom and exploring the current limits of our understanding. Evidence-informed and complemented by thought-provoking practical tasks, this book will challenge readers to think critically about the human body's most complex organ. 

 
Chapter 1: Why do you need to know anything about the brain?
 
Chapter 2: What should you know about the brain?
 
Chapter 3: What your pupils should know about their brains
 
Chapter 4: The neuromyths
 
Chapter 5: How to keep up with reliable and accurate information
 
Chapter 6: The brain and the pre-school, primary and secondary school years
 
Chapter 7: How can schools become involved in and influence research?
 
Chapter 8: Famous brains in education: Temple Grandin and Barbara Arrowsmith-Young
 
Chapter 9: Skills, learning needs and the brain
 
Chapter 10: What lies ahead?

Refreshing approach to this subject matter. Useful for everyone

Dr Chelle Oldham
School of Education, Glasgow University
February 18, 2020

A useful text for supporting teacher education students' knowledge of how cognitive development is connected with teaching and learning processes.

Dr Louise Campbell
School of Education & Social Work, Dundee University
January 31, 2020

An accessible text which explains neuroscience clearly and discusses its relevance in the classroom. The research included is up to date and explained in an easy-to-read manner.

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
February 11, 2019

A helpful insight into brain development and cognitive functioning regarding learning.

Ms Kerrie Robertson
Health and Social Care, Yeovil College
February 11, 2019

Excellent aide when delivering sessions on brain development.

Miss Rose Hitchman
Health, Trowbridge College
January 25, 2019

Interesting and really easy to read with the way the author has written the book.

Mrs Dawn Burnham
Early Years, Farnborough College of Technology
December 19, 2018