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The New Science of Teaching and Learning
Using the Best of Mind, Brain, and Education Science in the Classroom

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa
Foreword by Pat Wolfe
Pub Date: December 2009, 208 pages

Paperback: $31.95, ISBN: 0807750336
Cloth: $66, ISBN: 0807750344
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"Up to this point, there has been little consensus among researchers and educators as to the potential applications of brain research to educational policies and practices. Understanding this, Tokuhama used a Delphi technique to poll recognized experts in both education and neuroscience to gain agreement as to what, in this newly emerging field, is well established, what is probably true, what is intelligent speculation, and what are ‘neuromyths.’ This seminal book has the potential to change the way we think about teaching and learning."
—From the Foreword by Pat Wolfe, educational consultant, Mind Matters, Inc.

“This is not only an excellent guide for teachers and a most-needed review of the cutting-edge research on neuroeducation, but also a model of pedagogy. The author guides readers step-by-step in the fascinating exploration of the new transdisciplinary field called MBE—Mind, Brain and Education Science. I recommend this book to every teacher. It will clarify many issues and promote many educational initiatives.”
Antonio M. Battro, M.D., President of IMBES, International Mind, Brain and Education Society

“Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa has written a highly accessible, extraordinarily well-documented compilation of essential information for all educators. This breakthrough book guides informed decision-making using the best science has to offer to return joy and authentic learning to our classrooms.”
Judy Willis, M.D., M.Ed., neurologist, middle-school teacher, author, and renowned speaker on brain-based education

“A fascinating review of state-of-the-art research. It does more than just debunk myths, it also points toward tried-and-true tenets and principles of education. Written with clarity, freshness, and a sense of urgency, this is a book that every educator—and everyone who cares about children—should read.”
Craig Pohlman, author of How Can My Kid Succeed in School? and Revealing Minds

This book offers a definitive, scientifically grounded guide for better teaching and learning practices. Drawing from thousands of documents and the opinions of recognized experts worldwide, it explains in straight talk the new Mind, Brain, and Education Science—a field that has grown out of the intersection of neuroscience, education, and psychology. While parents and teachers are often bombarded with promises of "a better brain," this book distinguishes true, applicable neuroscience from the popular neuromyths that have gained currency in education. Each instructional guideline presented in the book is accompanied by real-life classroom examples to help teachers envision the direct application of the information in their own schools. The authors offer essential tools for evaluating new information as it flows from research and adds to what we know. Written by a teacher for teachers, this easy-to-use resource:

  • Documents the findings of the top experts in the field of neuroscience, psychology, and education.
  • Addresses the confusion around the misuse of concepts in brain-based education.
  • Applies well-substantiated findings about the brain to classroom practice and teaching.

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa is a Professor of Education at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador where she directs the Brain, Mind and Educational Development Institute and the Evaluation and Academic Excellence Center. She is an international educational consultant and conducts workshops for parents, teachers, and educational professionals.

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