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The brain and Learning, Information Processing Theory, and Problem-Solving Methods during the Learning Process
This week’s blog entry was to research websites or online journals that dealt with various topics including the brain and learning and Problem-Solving methods during the learning process.
How the Brain Learns Best – http://teacher.scholastic.com/professional/bruceperry/brainlearns.htm‎
This article was written by Dr. Bruce D. Perry in Scholastic magazine where he tails about how the brain learns. He discusses how the neural system work, making the reader aware of the different areas of the brain and how the neural system experiences fatigue quickly. Learners need some sort of entertainment in their lesson so that they can focus on what their studies. When one becomes bored the neural system is fatigued and learners will tend to lose focus on other stimuli within their environment. He understands how learners learn differently, and“ to facilitate teaching instruction to learners. (Perry, n.d.).
According to Ormrod, Schunk,& Gredler (2009),”the human brain is incredibly complex mechanism and research have a long way to go in understanding how it works and why it doesn’t always work as well as it should” (p.28). While I was doing my research, I found several websites and articles on various learning styles and how and why the brain works. This was very interesting information that will be valuable me as I continue with my course work in Instructional Design:
http://education.alberta.ca/teachers/aisi/themes/brain-research.aspx
gettingsmart.com/2012/03/12-findings-on-mind-brain-education
Article from March 2011 issue, Translating Facts into Knowledge & S. Umewaka.
Soraya Umewaka (2011) discusses why using” nonscientific research on how we learn, students can be vegetated to seek knowledge” (p.27). I found this article interesting and can be very useful in instructional design. Soraya Umewaka discusses the important for student to be engaged and involved in learning and by taking a proactive approach rather than a reactive approach. Also how students are active participators in the seeking of new knowledge and learning. This was very interesting while reading “the human brain is elastic and interconnected and so should the way that students examine their tasks” (Umewaka, 2011, p.27)

References:

http://education.alberta.ca/teachers/aisi/themes/brain-research.aspx
Ormrod, J., Schunk, D., & Gredler, M. (2009). Learning theories and instruction. (Laureate Custom edition).

Perry. (n.d.). How the brain learns best. Scholastic .Retrieved July 9, 2012.

Umekwaka, S. (2011). Translating Facts into Knowledge. Mind, Brain & Education, 5910, 27-28.

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