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Understanding the brain in education

Understanding the brain in education

Recently, a group of Nobel Prize winners were asked to identify "the last frontier." Their response: "understanding the human brain." The latest, most fascinating facts about the human brain appear regularly in such journals as National Geographic, Scientific American and Neurology. Reading them as an educator, I ask: "How can this wealth of incredible insight into the brain be used to transform and improve education?"

While teachers have the responsibility to develop the cognitive ability of students every day, most of our teacher preparation programs include little, if anything, about the neuroscience of learning and the understanding of the various...