Author: Tracey Tokuhama, 2018
Not every teaching method touted as “brain-friendly” is supported by research findings—and misconceptions about the brain have the capacity to harm rather than help.
In her new book, Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa untangles scientific fact from pedagogical fiction, debunking dozens of widely held beliefs about the brain that have made their way into the education literature. In ten central chapters on topics ranging from brain structure to classroom environments, the text traces the origins of common neuromyths—from categorizing individuals as “right-brained” or “left-brained” to prevailing beliefs about multitasking or the effects of video games—and corrects the record with the most current state of knowledge.
Rather than offering pat strategies, Tokuhama-Espinosa challenges teachers curious about the brain to become learning scientists, and supplies the tools needed to evaluate research and put it to use in the classroom.
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