Learning Disabilities – Brain Science

Brain-based learning: the new paradigm of teaching.
Eric Jensen. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2008.
» This book combines research from neuroscience, biology and psychology to look at the relationship between learning and the brain.  Information on the impact of physiological effects, sensory stimuli, and emotions on learning are included.  And the application of this information to teaching is outlined.

Differentiation and the brain: how neuroscience supports the learner-friendly classroom.
David A. Sousa & Carol Ann Tomlison. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press, 2011.
» Explains how understanding of how the brain learns enhances the basic principles of differentiated instruction.

Differentiation through learning styles and memory. 2nd ed.
Marilee Sprenger. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 2008.
» “Demonstrates how to optimize learning by using brain-based strategies that address students’ social/emotional, cognitive, and physical learning preferences. The author provides readers with graphic organizers, current research on memory, and new charts to help implement differentiated strategies…” – back cover.

How the brain learns. 4th ed.
David A. Sousa. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2011.
» Reviews recent research on brain structures and functions.  Includes ‘Practitioner’s Corners’ to show what the findings mean for effective teaching strategies.

How the brain learns mathematics.
David A. Sousa. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 2008.
» Explains neuroscientific findings in understandable terms and discusses the impact of this information on teaching mathematics.

How the ELL brain learns.
David A. Sousa. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 2010.
» Combines current research on how the brain learns language with strategies for teaching English language learners in K-12 classrooms.  Looks at the linguistic reorganization needed to acquire another language after the age of 5.  Includes a chapter on detecting English language learning problems and intervention strategies to use with struggling learners.

How the special needs brain learns. 2nd ed.
David A. Sousa. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 2007.
» This book provides research information about common learning disabilities and suggests strategies that teachers can use to help students with specific learning problems.  While written for school teachers, many of the strategies can be adapted for use with adult learners.

The Jossey-Bass reader on the brain and learning.
San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008.
» This collection of articles presents an overview of brain research and learning organized into 7 broad areas: brain-based learning; memory, cognition, and intelligence; emotional and social foundations; language reading, and math; the arts; and when the brain works differently.

Learning with the brain in mind.
Frank McNeil. Los Angeles: Sage, 2009.
» This book explores recent findings in neuroscience and combines them with learning in three crucial and interconnected ways: attention, emotions and memory.

Mapping the memory.
Rita Carter. Berkeley, Calif.: Ulysses Press, 2006.
» This resource is a clear explanation of memory and brain function, including the four types of memory and short-term versus long-term recall. Includes tools for maximizing memory such as cognitive therapy exercises and mnemonic tricks and tips.
Mozart’s brain and the fighter pilot: unleashing your brain’s potential. 1st paperback ed.
Richard M. Restak. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2001.
» Drawing examples from history, literature, and science, this book provides twenty-eight informative and realistic steps that you can take to boost your brain’s performance.

The neurobiology of reading and dyslexia. (Online) In Focus on Basics,Vol. 8, issue D, p. 1-7.
Sally E. Shaywitz & A. Bennett, 2007.
Available at http://www.ncsall.net/fileadmin/resources/fob/2007/fob_8d.pdf

The neuroscience of adult learning. New directions for adult and continuing education, no. 110.
Sandra Johnson & Kathleen Taylor.(Eds.) San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2006.
» This collection of articles looks at recent findings in neuroscience research and implications for adult learning.  Topics include fear and learning, and role of meaning and emotion in adult learning.

Proust and the squid: the story and science of the reading brain.
Maryanne Wolfe. New York: Harper, 2007.
» A developmental psychologist evaluates the ways in which reading and writing have transformed the human brain.  Examines how the brain learns to read and the reading difficulties and gifts created by dyslexia.

The secret life of the grown-up brain.
Barbara Strauch. New York: Penguin, 2010.
» Explores the latest findings that demonstrate, through the use of technology such as brain scans, that the middle-aged brain is more flexible and more capable than previously thought. By detailing exactly how the normal, healthy brain functions over time, Strauch also explains how its optimal processes can be maintained.

Third update on adult learning theory. New directions for adult and continuing education, no. 119.
Sharan B. Merriam. (Ed.) San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008.
» This collection of articles focuses on a holistic approach to learning and includes topics such as brain-based learning, spirituality, learning through the body, and narrative learning.

Why don’t students like school?: a cognitive scientist answers questions about how the mind works and what it means for your classroom.
Daniel T. Willingham. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009.
» This readable book sets out nine principles of how the mind operates and applies it to work in the classroom.  Written for K-Gr.12 teachers, the principles may be applied to many learning settings.