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Brain-based Learning

Posted By: joan wilson on May 28, 2004
 
Although one might be intrigued by the possibilities of brain-based learning, before aggressive marketing of the yet experimental instrtuctional strategies attached to the theory would not it better to train/develop professors from some of four year colleges and universities so they can blanket their systems with the experiments?
Four years later we would have ample data to analyze the impact on learning for cohorts of students who already have some greater degree of college-learning readiness to withstand any negative fallouts. Why not start with those faculty?
It appears that whenever new or fadish innovations in educational experiments are vigorously pursued to increase learning and other academic related outcomes, the zeal to implement is always first with the less advantaged students at the secondary and tertiary levels.
Many of the learning challenges presented in the community college classroons today are the outcomes of experiments in instructional strategies and curriculum content carried out first on the less advantaged among whom Black and Latino students are overwhelmingly represented in the urban secondary systems.
Community colleges have been inheriting 20 years or more of students who were the guinea pigs, paying in their limited life chances for varied and sundry "cutting edge" pedagogies which have indeed cut away at the intellectual foundations of millions.
There are great possibilities in brain-based learning. However, our past poor record at improving academic outcomes of the less advantaged ought to have created greater caution in universalizing new strategies to an entire strata and cohort of students.
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