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Enriching the Brain: How to Maximize Every Learner's Potential (Jossey-Bass Education) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0787975470
ISBN-10: 0787975478
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"Well written and backed by solid scholarship, this is an essential purchase for any academic library serving education students and professionals, as well as for public libraries serving parents of school-aged children." (Library Journal, July 2006)

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"Enriching the Brain effectively reveals the limitations of the traditional ‘fixed brain theory’ and offers a vivid picture of the human brain as a dynamic and changing organ. It convincingly demonstrates how an enriching environment brain functioning and enhances intelligent for all learners."—Robert Kuklis, professional development associate, Center for Performance Assessment; adjunct professor, Sacred Heart University

"This book fills an incredible need. It is time for educators to become familiar with the latest research on learning and the positive message that the neurosciences have for all of us."—Renate Nummela Caine, Ph.D., professor emeritus of education, California State Univeristy, San Bernadino; executive director, The Caine Learning Institute

"Teaching, administrators, school boards, parents, and any others interested in knowing how to maximize learning potential will be rewarded when they read this book, as it offers the whole package, from theory to research to application." — Education Review, August 2006

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Product Details

  • Series: Jossey-Bass Education
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (July 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787975478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787975470
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,292,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Loves the View VINE VOICE on December 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Jensen's theories of enrichment are based on research which he explains in jargon-free everyday language. The research confirms that the brain changes throughout the lifespan. The brain grows with positive experiences. Negative experiences, if they are not managed properly, stunt the brain's ability to grow.

Jensen's definition of enrichment is that of a result: "a positive biological response to a contrasting environment, in which measurable synergistic, and global changes have occurred."

He cites 7 factors that contribute to enrichment and throughout the book returns to them in his discussions of research, designs for school and parental enrichment efforts, and implications for forming public policy.

Unfortunately, public education is moving in a different direction. Teachers spend more time each school year documenting their every minute of student contact at the expense of more creative lessons, multiple assessments and IEPs for all. Students spend increasing amounts of time studying for and taking one size fits all tests. Until the "system" changes, schools will be measured in the public eye by their rankings on these tests. Vocal parents (who enrich their kids at home) will continue to pressure school boards and administrators for the short term fix (test prep.) in the classroom.

Research, and its accessibility through the writings of Jensen and others, helps those with the resourses and energies to reach the diffuse and quasi-anonymous constituencies that support this ever growing testing. Hopefully, as more and more people come to understand the research and its implications, the current direction of reliance on testing in the name of accountability can be reversed.
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Eric Jensen's new book is a must read for anyone who works with or is raising children. I am an educator and have read many resources on brain research and this one is by far the most comprehensive and interesting. Jensen makes the info about the brain accessible to all readers and the book is filled with many "Aha!" moments. I found the book so useful, I recently did a professional development presentation on it giving away a few copies as door prizes and lending out additional copies to colleagues. I even handed it to administrators to read too. This book is just outstanding.
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I wish I had the oppty to get this knowledge 20 years ago. What a marvellous piece of work. Eric has explained in simple terms how the brain develops, the functions of it's parts, and - what happens to the brain at different ages. Brain development process is ongoing throughout an individual's life and contrary to popular opinion - aging doesnt quite have the detrimental effect people say it does. I have recommended this book to every parent I know of.

As far as child development is concerned - unfortunately a vast majority of the people have a rudimentary understanding of what are the do's and dont's when it comes to raising children in the right manner. Life - after all did not come with an operators manual or instructions, neither do children. Save yourself a lot of trouble, and create a better world thru helping "everyone" develop the right way - read and practice the learning from this book. You will do yourself and others a great favor.

Rai Chowdhary
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Eric Jensen has "done it again." He has carefully laid out reasons and suggestions for enriching all children. He carefully covers neuroscience research relating to the science of enrichment and provides practical suggestions to help every student reach his/her learning potential. Jensen stresses that the brain can and does change, bringing hope to caregivers, parents, and teachers. This is an important and powerful book written with integrity and wisdom.. If you want to make a difference in the lives of children, you HAVE to read this book.
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Enriching the Brain should be required reading for educators, parents, and people who want to understand how to help others achieve at their highest levels. Eric Jensen is well-known in his field so I was expecting an authoritative and comprehensive presentation of the latest reserch about the brain. I was not disappointed. He also provided suggestions for how we can maximize the brain's potential and the importance of providing enrichment for everyone.
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I read this as part of a graduate course and really enjoyed it. It talks about the latest findings in brain reserach and how humans' brains can change and are quite malleable. I was really intrigued by the information and findings. Any teacher or parent-to-be would really benefit from this book.
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Wow.....what a masterpiece! I love this book as Jensen built on

solid research what has been presented in the past with some awesome

current "blow-you-away" research. The brain truly is amazing and he demonstrates and orchestrates the text beautifully in a language educators can understand. My opinion....Eric Jensen's best book yet!
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WOW! This book CONSTANTLY reminds the reader that the vast majority of society believes that one can only be intelligent if their genes allow them to be. WRONG! Why does this book insist on bringing this up ad nauseam, especially when it isn't popular belief anymore. I checked the book to make sure it wasn't written 70 years ago. The classroom applications the book provides are extremely brief and obvious. Maybe it's just me. I am studying to be a high school English teacher and the things I am learning make this book seem like a C student's wikipedia-driven presentation. I am not harsh by nature. Read the book's blurb on the inside of the jacket very carefully. It has the same amount of credibility that you will find in book itself. Highly disappointing. Anyone with an open mind can tell you that brains can be enriched through the simple suggestions that are made in this book. You don't need to have a Ph.D. in psychology to come up with what is presented here. My main gripe is that it is all too simple. It is as though the book were written for people that have no clue or passion when it comes to teaching a child. Trust me! If you are passionate about teaching there are other books out there for you. Find out what texts colleges are using for potential teachers. Most will include the content of this book in only a few chapters and a lot less words.
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