Terry Doyle starts his book with this:
The question everyone asks, and rightly so, is why should teachers change to a learner centered approach to instruction? The answer is actually very simple. Fifteen years of neuroscience, biology and cognitive psychology research findings on how humans learn offer this powerful and singular conclusion: “It is the one who does the work who does the learning” (Doyle, 2008). This conclusion strongly suggests that the traditional model of teacher centered instruction, where teachers do a lot of the work, is less effective and can be detrimental to students’ learning. Therefore, a new approach is needed that gets the students to do most of the learning work and that approach is learner centered teaching.
What can the brain tell us about students’ learning?
You might want to listen to Dr. John Medina talk about his book Brain Rules at Authors@Google: Dr. John Medina. He takes into account how the brain processes information and suggests how to re-engineer the classroom using the more modern understanding of how we learn.
Or, take a look at the Brain Rules Website.
In any event, it is important to use what we do know about the brain to re-design our courses.
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