How the Brain Learns

How the Brain Learns

by David A. Sousa

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Apply the newest brain research to enhance all students’ learning 

Recent discoveries about the human brain have the power to transform the way we teach and learn. World-renowned educational neuroscience consultant David A. Sousa has helped tens of thousands of educators understand how brain research can improve teaching and learning. He continues his tradition of translating new findings into effective classroom strategies and activities in this updated version of his bestselling text. The fifth edition of How the Brain Learns integrates recent developments in neuroscience, education, and psychology and includes  

  • New information on memory systems, especially working memory capacity
  • Updated research on how the explosion of technology is affecting the brain
  • Current findings on brain organization and learning, and revised sections on hemispheric specialization
  • New evidence on how learning the arts enhances cognitive processing and creativity
  • An expanded resources section 
  • More than 150 new or updated references

Written for anyone who wants to better understand the way people learn, How the Brain Learns unlocks the mysteries of the human mind and allows educators to experience the joy of seeing students reach their full potential. 

Read David Sousa’s interview on Education Week Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo. 

"The strategies in How the Brain Learns are applicable and explained in the context of the research. The what and why are in the same place, and the book helps teachers see what they can and should do to support their students while providing scientific reasons for the strategies. Teachers are prepared to explain and share with students, principals, superintendents, parents, and colleagues."
Kris Dreifuerst, Graduate Teaching Lecturer, Neurodevelopmental Approach to Teaching
Plymouth State University

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506346342
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 10/28/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,076,692
File size: 13 MB
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About the Author

David A. Sousa, EdD, is an international consultant in educational neuroscience and author of more than a dozen books that translate brain research into strategies for improving learning. He has presented to more than 200,000 educators across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. He has taught high school chemistry and served in administrative positions, including superintendent of schools. He was an adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University and a visiting lecturer at Rutgers University. Dr. Sousa has edited science books and published dozens of articles in leading journals. His books have been published in French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, and several other languages. He is past president of the National Staff Development Council (now Learning Forward) and has received honorary degrees and awards for his commitment to research, professional development, and science education. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and National Public Radio to discuss his work with schools using brain research. 

Table of Contents

List of Practitioner’s Corners
Preface to the Fifth Edition
Publisher’s Acknowledgments
About the Author
Looking Inside the Brain
Implications for Teaching
Why This Book Can Help Improve Teaching and Learning
What’s Coming Up?
Chapter 1: Basic Brain Facts
Some Exterior Parts of the Brain
Some Interior Parts of the Brain
Neuron Development in Children
The Brain as a Novelty Seeker
What’s Coming Up?
Chapter 2: How the Brain Processes Information
The Information Processing Model
What’s Coming Up?
Chapter 3: Memory, Retention, and Learning
How Memory Forms
Stages and Types of Memory
Learning and Retention
Factors Affecting Retention of Learning
Learning Motor Skills
Daily Biological Rhythms Affect Teaching and Learning
Intelligence and Retrieval
What’s Coming Up?
Chapter 4: The Power of Transfer
What Is Transfer?
Teaching for Transfer
Additional Thoughts About Transfer
What’s Coming Up?
Chapter 5: Brain Organization and Learning
Brain Lateralization
Spoken Language Specialization
Learning to Read
Learning Mathematics
Difficulties in Learning Mathematics
Mathematics for English Language Learners
What’s Coming Up?
Chapter 6: The Brain and the Arts
The Arts Are Basic to the Human Experience
Why Teach the Arts?
Impact of the Arts on Student Learning and Behavior
The Visual Arts
What’s Coming Up?
Chapter 7: Thinking Skills and Learning
Characteristics of Human Thinking
The Dimensions of Human Thinking
Revisiting Bloom’s Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain
Other Thinking Skills Programs
What’s Coming Up?
Chapter 8: Putting It All Together
Students Should Know How Their Brains Learn
What About the Flipped Classroom?
Daily Planning
Unit Planning
Maintaining Skills for the Future

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