Academic journal article Language Arts

Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head (2Nd Ed.)

Academic journal article Language Arts

Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head (2Nd Ed.)

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Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head (2nd ed.) by Carla Hannaford, Great River Books, 2010, 272 pp., ISBN 978-0-915556-37-3

"Thinking and learning are not all in our head. On the contrary, the body plays an integral part in all our intellectual processes from our earliest moments in utero right through to old age. . . . Our entire brain structure is intimately connected to and grown by the movement mechanisms within our body" (p. 15).

If you are fascinated by recent developments in neuroscience, you will enjoy the first chapters of Smart Moves, in which Carla Hannaford describes how the whole body is designed to collect information through our senses and how emotions are directly tied to learning. Hannaford reports on recent observations and research in neuroscience that have shed light on the body's ability to compensate for neurological losses. She asks why we must use limiting labels such as "learning disabled," "emotionally handicapped," or "mentally retarded." Hannaford describes the functions of body systems in a readable manner throughout the first four chapters, linking scientific findings to child development and learning. …

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