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How the Brain Learns

How the Brain Learns

Sixth Edition

February 2022 | 336 pages | Corwin

Deliver game-changing—and brain-changing—results for your students

Research on the brain continues to evolve, providing fresh insights educators can use to guide students toward success. In the sixth edition of this international bestseller, world-renowned educational neuroscience consultant David Sousa once again translates that research into concrete actions and strategies for the classroom.

Featuring important updates and brand-new findings, the latest edition includes:

  • A new section on the expansion of SEL to SECL, integrating the cognitive component of social-emotional learning
  • Additional research on mindsets—including cautions
  • Effective, brain-compatible ways to safely use social media and online learning
  • New information on the importance of student engagement, especially through academic teams
  • Connections between Bloom’s Taxonomy and current instructional strategies, such as teaming and project/maker learning
Whether you’re already a fan of brain-compatible learning or just getting started on this exciting approach to teaching and learning, How the Brain Learns will set your neurons firing—and give you the tools you need to help students succeed.
Chapter 1: Basic Brain Facts
Chapter 2: How the Brain Processes Information
Chapter 3: Memory, Retention, and Learning
Chapter 4: The Power of Transfer
Chapter 5: Brain Organization and Learning
Chapter 6: Learning to Read and Learning Mathematics
Chapter 7: The Brain and the Arts
Chapter 8: Thinking Skills and Learning
Chapter 9: Putting It All Together
Key features
  • New information on memory systems, especially the changes in working memory capacity
  • Updated research on how the explosion of technology may be affecting the brain
  • Current findings on brain organization and learning and revised sections on hemispheric specialization
  • Evidence that supports the value of the arts in improving cognitive processing and creativity
  • An expanded resources section with links to reliable information on the brain
  • More than 150 new or updated references

Revision plan includes the following changes and updates:

  • Expand on the growth of educational neuroscience
  • Introduce notion of teachers as 'brain-changers'
  • Add more on mirror neurons
  • Add a new section on social-emotional learning (SEL)
  • Address notion of expanding SEL to SECL so that the cognitive component of learning is integrated
  • Revise "windows of opportunity" section
  • Expand section on mindset to include cautions in using it
  • Add new videos
  • Include effective brain-compatible ways to use the Internet and on-line learning, and how to avoid the serious perils that they can present
  • Add a section on the importance of student engagement, especially through the use of academic teams (with accompanying research results)
  • Revise chapter on transfer
  • Connect Bloom's Taxonomy more closely with current instructional strategies such as teaming, flipped classrooms, project/maker learning, etc.

David Anthony Sousa

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... More About Author

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