From the Brain to the Classroom
The Encyclopedia of Learning
by Sheryl Feinstein, Editor
January 2014, 589pp, 7x10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-539-8
$100, £75, 84€, A143
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Can cognitive neuroscience findings improve practical classroom instruction?

Supplying a foundation for understanding the development of the brain and the learning process, this text examines the physical and environmental factors that influence how we acquire and retain information throughout our lives. The book also lays out practical strategies that educators can take directly into the classroom.

Comprising more than 100 entries, From the Brain to the Classroom: The Encyclopedia of Learning gathers experts in the fields of education, neuroscience, and psychology to examine how specific areas of the brain work in thought processes, and identifies how educators can apply what neuroscience has discovered to refine their teaching and instructional techniques.

The wide range of subjects—organized within the main categories of student characteristics, classroom instructional topics, and learning challenges—include at-risk behaviors; cognitive neuroscience; autism; the lifespan of the brain, from prenatal brain development to the aging brain; technology-based learning tools; and addiction. Any reader who is interested in learning about how the brain works and how it relates to everyday life will find this work fascinating, while educators will find this book particularly helpful in validating or improving their teaching methods to increase academic achievement.

Features

  • Covers a wide range of topics written by educationists, psychologists, and neuroscientists who are all experts in their field
  • Provides meaningful instructional strategies that can be applied in the real world to improve educators' results
  • Examines the brain through the human lifespan—prenatal, early childhood, childhood, adolescence, adult, and old age—in order to supply a comprehensive look at how neuroscience can be applied to improve learning at all stages of maturity
  • Addresses cognitive neuroscience findings as they relate to special education students—invaluable information for educators who work with this important group of learners
Sheryl Feinstein, EdD, is professor and chair of the Education Department at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD. Her published works include Secrets of the Teenage Brain: Research-Based Strategies for Reaching and Teaching Today's Adolescents; Parenting the Teenage Brain: Understanding a Work in Progress; and Teaching the At-Risk Teenage Brain. Previously, Feinstein taught in the K–12 school system and was a curriculum coordinator in Minnesota. She conducted research on adolescence in Tanzania as a Fulbright Scholar.

Reviews

"This resource will be valuable for students in education, psychology, or related fields. Faculty, teachers, and professionals in fields related to education also will find it useful. . . . Highly recommended."—Choice, August 1, 2014

"This text would be most useful to support students in education and teaching programs. However, due to the encyclopedia’s dual focus, many entries could also be helpful to students in psychology programs, particularly educational psychology."—Reference Reviews, October 1, 2014

"The underlying concept of the book is sound, and many articles enlighten the reader."—Booklist, April 15, 2014
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