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Facilitating Learning With the Adult Brain in Mind : A Conceptual and Practical Guide (Hardcover)
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Based in both research and practice, this book is written in an engaging voice that synthesizes current literature on brain function with practical approaches for adult learning facilitators. The book begins with a brief overview of the brain, explored with stories and analogies rather than anatomical detail. Chapter 1 describes the brain’s activity metaphorically and then explore what socio-biologists have inferred about the development of brain structures and function over time. Chapter 2 explores in more detail what the brain does as it learns—specifically, what supports and enhances adult learning. This involves more closely examining learning through movement (the embodied brain) and its fundamental learning process—analogical categorization and association—and the role emotions play. Chapter 3 looks more closely at how analogy and metaphor shape experience and conceptual understanding including current understandings of the differences between the left and right hemispheres and how they affect learning.
The core of the book examines specific approaches to practice that will work for adult learning facilitators in any setting. In chapter 4, the authors examine approaches that anticipate and alleviate adults’ anxieties and also encourage their active participation. Chapters 5 and 6 describe approaches that emphasize left and right hemispheres of the brain. Chapter 7 focuses on multi-faceted approaches where left and right hemispheres are consistently integrated. Chapter 8 examines the importance of reflection in continuously engaging both hemispheres. Finally, the concluding section examines theories and models that illuminate these practices, including other areas such as adult development, psychology, and philosophy.