In Neuroscience for Teachers, authors Richard Churches, Eleanor Dommett and Ian Devonshire demystify the essentials of neuroscientific jargon and explore the background research which underpins this hot topic.
This book illustrates the many ways in which an appreciation of neuroscience can enlighten the teacher and explains how the application of research evidence in practice can drastically improve learning effectiveness. The authors explore the importance of the classroom climate and the learner's memory processes and attention span, as well as the numerous ways in which a knowledge of these factors can be applied in the teaching context.
A useful section dissects metacognition and outlines phases for planning, monitoring and evaluating a given learning task which can provide fodder for the learner's vital critical reflection. The authors wisely do not neglect the role of the limbic system and its link with the learner's moods, emotions, motivation and teacher-learner relationships. Two important sections are also devoted to learning difficulties and factors which can contribute to adolescent peer pressure.
Neuroscience for Teachers is a timely contribution to educational literature and one which should grace the bookshelves of all teachers, trainers and educators.