Understanding the Brain: The Birth of a Learning Science
Hide / Show Abstract

Understanding the Brain: The Birth of a Learning Science

This book provides new insights about learning by synthesising existing and emerging findings from cognitive and brain science and exploring how this new information might impact teaching, parenting, and educational policy making. It shows what the latest brain imaging techniques and other advances in the neurosciences actually reveal about how the brain develops and operates at different stages in life from birth to old age and how the brain is involved in acquiring skills such as reading and counting. It also presents scientific insights into what happens when the brain malfunctions in conditions such as dyslexia or Alzheimer's disease. 

China Education Daily nominated this book as one of the "100 most influential education books for teachers" on December 15, 2011.

Click to Access: 
    http://oecd.metastore.ingenta.com/content/9607011e.pdf
  • PDF
  • http://www.keepeek.com/Digital-Asset-Management/oecd/education/understanding-the-brain-the-birth-of-a-learning-science_9789264029132-en
  • READ
 
Chapter
 

Literacy and the Brain You do not have access to this content

English
Click to Access: 
    http://oecd.metastore.ingenta.com/content/9607011ec007.pdf
  • PDF
  • http://www.keepeek.com/Digital-Asset-Management/oecd/education/understanding-the-brain-the-birth-of-a-learning-science/literacy-and-the-brain_9789264029132-7-en
  • READ
Author(s):
OECD

Hide / Show Abstract

This chapter describes the state of knowledge on the functioning of the brain in relation to language and reading. It helps us to address questions about when and how literacy might best be acquired and the desirable environment that supports it. Such information will be useful for those responsible for policies to enhance language and literacy education, professional educators, and indeed parents who are thinking how best to read with their children. Special attention is given to differences in languages with "deep" (such as English) and "shallow" orthographies (such as Finnish). Dyslexia is specifically discussed, and what the evidence surveyed in this chapter has to say about possible remedial strategies.
Also available in French
 
Visit the OECD web site