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'Many books based on arcane PhD research read like books based on arcane PhD research. Tibke's is a delightful exception.
'At a time when teachers are being encouraged to seek simple answers from out-of-date cognitive psychology, or encouraged to jump on the latest bandwagon by an ever-growing number of snake-oil salespeople, it is deeply refreshing to read a book that takes a critical but positive stance on the relationship between neuroscience and education. Jon Tibke’s book offers just such a well-informed and accessibly-written account of what we know, what we don’t know, and what it all means for teachers.
This is a really well-balanced book that will help you to understand the brain and the neuroscienti?c ?eld so that you can think critically about it and why it should figure in your professional updates, discussion and development. You can also use it to understand and employ some relevant study skills in ?nding reliable sources, think critically about research and look for corroboration from related studies, all skills which enhance your own professional development. I highly recommend it.
Why the Brain Matters is an outstanding book from a skilled communicator and an experienced and enthusiastic educator. I recommend it as an accessible entry point for everyone who has an interest in neuroscience, especially secondary school teachers. It isn’t condescending in its reductionism and it is illuminating in its synthesising of ideas into a context. And where it needs to be it is provocative.
Refreshing approach to this subject matter. Useful for everyone
A useful text for supporting teacher education students' knowledge of how cognitive development is connected with teaching and learning processes.
An accessible text which explains neuroscience clearly and discusses its relevance in the classroom. The research included is up to date and explained in an easy-to-read manner.
A helpful insight into brain development and cognitive functioning regarding learning.
Excellent aide when delivering sessions on brain development.
Interesting and really easy to read with the way the author has written the book.