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Enriching the Brain: How to Maximize Every Learner's Potential (Jossey-Bass Education) Hardcover – July 28, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0787975470 ISBN-10: 0787975478 Edition: 1st

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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: 1.2 x 9.1 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,691,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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


More About the Author

ERIC JENSEN
Background

Eric Jensen has always been passionate about learning. As a child, he seemed to read every book he could find from the library to a nearby Boy's Club. He graduated early from high school, has a BA in English, MA in Organizational Development and PhD. in Human Development.

Formerly a secondary teacher, Eric focused on learn to learn skills, reading and study skills. Jensen became adjunct faculty for three universities, serving as a professor for adult learners at the University of California at San Diego, National University and the University of San Diego.

In the workplace, Eric Jensen co-founded the world's largest brain-compatible academic enrichment program, SuperCamp, which now has over 55,000 graduates. Since 1985, Jensen has focused on staff development and has trained over 100,000 educators. These programs introduced the science of teaching and learning to teachers from around the world. Eric Jensen has introduced brain-based teaching to Denmark, UK, Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa, New Zealand and other countries. Jensen was the co-founder of the Learning Brain EXPO, the world's first conference that linked neuroscience to everyday educational practices.

Jensen is an "brain-junkie" who is currently an active member of the invitation-only Society for Neuroscience, The President's Club at Salk Institute of Biological Studies, NY Academy of Science, American Psychological Association and Jensen is on the Advisory Board for Body, Mind and Child in Barnstead, New Hampshire.

Jensen has become one of the leading translators in the world of neuroscience into education. His best known books are Brain-based Learning, Teaching with the Brain in Mind, SuperTeaching, Enriching the Brain and Teaching with Poverty in Mind.


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Eric Jensen has "done it again."
K. Claus
He also provided suggestions for how we can maximize the brain's potential and the importance of providing enrichment for everyone.
Allan H. Slawson
Teachers and parents would benefit from reading this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca L. Osburm on September 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
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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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful 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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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. Claus on February 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Allan H. Slawson on March 11, 2008
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Kennan on May 13, 2007
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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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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Cathie Summerford on October 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bryan K. Harris on November 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As is typical with Eric's style, he makes the scientific research understandable to the lay person. He clearly explains the brain-based foundations for enriching the learning and experiences of all students. As a former teacher, he has insights that speak to the new and experienced teacher alike. This book is easy to read and you'll discover tons of ideas and strategies that will be applicable to the classroom and home.
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Teachers and parents would benefit from reading this book! Great read. It was informative and insightful, while also very inspiring.
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