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?