Academic journal article Adult Learning

The Neuroscience of Adult Learning

Academic journal article Adult Learning

The Neuroscience of Adult Learning

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The Neuroscience of Adult Learning, by Sandra Johnson and Kathleen Taylor (Eds.). New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, No. 110. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2006. ISBN 0787987042. Paperback, 91 pages.

Brain research has increased in recent years, largely through technological developments that allow study of the normal brain through non-invasive techniques. What has been disappointing is the translation of new findings from neurobiology into implications for the teaching/learning process. The Neuroscience of Adult Learning addresses this challenge, provides the reader with the latest information on how the brain functions in understandable language, and then explains how that information can be applied to enhance adult learning.

One of the strengths of this book is that it contains articles written by neurobiologists, adult educators, and clinical psychologists. Their varied backgrounds bring refreshing and interesting perspectives to the discussion. For example, Collin Ross, a psychotherapist with a specialty in treating trauma, explores the implications of the brain's ability to self-repair by contrasting and comparing the therapeutic and learning processes. Strategies common to both, such as creating a trusting environment and learning through articulation are validated and explored.

What the reader may find disappointing is that there are no revolutionary new learning strategies emanating from linking neuroscience and teaching practice. Most of what is reported we knew or suspected based on our own experiences and common sense. What this volume does contribute is the link between the scientific evidence of how the brain learns and strategies that adult educators have been espousing for decades. …

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