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The Neuroscience of Learning and Development: Enhancing Creativity, Compassion, Critical Thinking, and Peace in Higher Education (Paperback)
  • The Neuroscience of Learning and Development: Enhancing Creativity, Compassion, Critical Thinking, and Peace in Higher Education (Paperback)

The Neuroscience of Learning and Development: Enhancing Creativity, Compassion, Critical Thinking, and Peace in Higher Education (Paperback)

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Is higher education preparing our students for a world that is increasingly complex and volatile, and in which they will have to contend with uncertainty and ambiguity? Are we addressing the concerns of employers who complain that graduates do not possess the creative, critical thinking and communication skills needed in the workplace? In the face of the evidence that our colleges and universities are failing to do so, this book harnesses what we have learned from innovations in teaching and from neuroscience to change how we deliver and create new knowledge, and indeed to transform our students, and develop their capacities for boundary spanning.

Starting from the premise that our current linear, course-based, educational practices are frequently at odds with how our neurological system facilitates learning and personal development, the authors set out an alternative model that emphasizes a holistic approach to education that integrates meditative inquiry practice with self-authorship and the regulation of emotion as the cornerstones of learning, and demonstrates how these align with the latest discoveries of brain science.

This book presents the science that informs the practice of compassion and peace - the science that explains the very real benefits of an intentional movement and meditative inquiry; and demonstrates its application to the classroom, to the co-curriculum, and its implications for administrative leaders who make the decisions that impact student learning and development and the environment within which faculty, administrators, and students reside.

Experts in neuroscience, learning and development theory, and health practitioners outline their research and insights into how providing seemingly unintellectual learning and development opportunities for students actually stimulate portions of the brain that are needed in order for them to become problem-solvers, creators of knowledge, and effective social collaborators.

The book closes by offering practical ideas for implementation, showing how simple refinements in classroom and out-of-classroom experiences can create foundations for students to develop key skills that will enhance critical thinking, creativity, overall wellbeing, compassion, and ultimately world peace.

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
ISBN: 9781620362846
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm

"It has been almost twenty years since How People Learn summarized initial insights from the new discipline of cognitive science, but these insights have up to now not been turned into practical advice about how to improve teaching and learning in college. Bresciani Ludvik and her colleagues admirably remedy this situation with this far-reaching volume. Going beyond acquisition of classic content and skills proficiencies, the kinds of learning this book addresses embrace equally the development of creativity, empathy, and mindfulness, and include the importance of wellness and relaxation in sustaining mental performance. Everyone who touches students in today's institutions--from teaching faculty to student affairs professionals--will find something to learn here."--Peter T. Ewell, Vice President, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS)
"Higher education is increasingly the focus of attention as research findings about the benefits of education contrast with information about poor completion rates, equity gaps, and affordability. Business leaders and policy makers have asked whether students are learning what they need to in colleges and universities. Faculty and educational leaders who want to help their students learn and gain the credentials they need now have a helpful resource, based on current knowledge of brain functioning and how people learn, in The Neuroscience of Learning and Development: Enhancing Creativity, Compassion, Critical Thinking, and Peace in Higher Education."-- (07/01/2015)
"This book forced me to reconsider everything I knew about college student learning.

The authors of this book suggest that the way we organize higher education to deliver learning and development is not aligned with how the neurological system facilitates that learning. To see an impact from the ways we foster learning we need to examine how we teach (in all its forms). We must find ways to help students integrate experiences and help them develop as whole beings.

College student educators must create opportunities for students to make associations between what they are learning across experiences and link their cognitive learning with their psychosocial development allowing them to make neurological connections that will positively impact their ability to succeed. But, the structure of colleges and universities is not constructed to help students make these connections.

In an accessible, easy-to-understand approach, the authors of The Neuroscience of Learning and Development help the reader understand the brain and neurological bases of learning. After reading this book, I felt prepared to begin transforming how I design, deliver, and evaluate student learning and development to positively impact students."-- (08/01/2015)

"Both graduates and employers continue to decry the failure of our institutions to develop the whole person, to integrate creating with 'knowing', and help students develop the tools for addressing the emotional as well as intellectual intelligence to handle stress, find balance, and respond to daily challenges of the their multidimensional lives. All of these tools are critical necessities to thrive in the face of the dramatically changing workplace and social context of our changing world.

This book provides a compendium of tools for the inner personal and spiritual development of students as much as their intellectual development, and demonstrates in each chapter how the inner development strengthens both intellectual development and outer performance.

I urge you to dive into this book at multiple points - to use the chapters of greatest interest and applicability in your work; and to consider those chapters outside your normal frame of reference to see how they can contribute to rounding out your own and your students' development. It is worth the effort and the challenge - and the results, as reflected throughout the book - are demonstrable."-- (06/01/2015)

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