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The Art of Changing the Brain: Enriching the Practice of Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning Paperback – October 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-1579220549 ISBN-10: 1579220541 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Stylus Publishing; 1 edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579220541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579220549
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[The] conclusions Dr. Zull draws with respect to effective teaching and learning are sound. Readers with a background in neuroscience may be particularly intrigued by the application of common neurobiological principles to the practice of teaching and learning. In spite of the complexities of brain biology and teaching/learning theories, Dr. Zull presents a clear and accessible discussion. The text is enhanced by numerous case examples of teaching and learning situations both from Dr. Zull's experience and those of other teachers he has counseled. The Art of Changing the Brain is engaging and logically organized, providing readers with practical suggestions for applying the concepts in the classroom and other learning situations. The final chapters, in particular, reflect more deeply on the nature of teaching and learning activities that have the greatest potential to result in functional changes in neural connections. Readers will feel encouraged and eager to integrate the concepts into their own philosophy of teaching and learning."

"The book is not merely an explication but a thoughtfully crafted, neuroscientfically informed teaching device that obeys the advice offered."

"Don't expect a comprehensive book on brain research. Although there are plenty of sources cited and summarized, this is principally a book on teaching. On one hand it validates much of what teachere intuitively discovers as they grow in experience. On the other, it provides a theoretical underpinning for these intuitive discoveries. And it does this while demystifying the complexities of brain biology and teaching/learning theories by way of a clear writer's voice."

"It's the obvious choice."

"James Zull's crystal-clear mapping of how learning occurs, how learning changes the brain, and how many parts of the brain are activated as one learns should be interesting for all who teach. With simple diagrams of the physical structures of the brain, this is a wonderful synthesis of what is known about the brain and what is known about learning. The author's insightful and humorous sharing of his won learning and teaching experiences illuminates the 'art' of teaching--what happens when one tries to recognized signals from students that allow the teacher to know where and how to connect a new piece of learning…Zull relays a teaching approach and the neuroscience behind that approach that can dramatically affect learning."

"The Art of Changing the Brain is teaching. Zull (biochemistry and biology, Case Western Reserve University) argues that educators can use knowledge about the brain to enhance pedagogical techniques. He does an excellent job of demonstrating his thesis by describing good approaches: e.g., increasing reception of information by enhancing the sensory aspects of teaching materials; taking advantage of integrative mechanisms by allowing time for reflection; maximizing the adaptive functions of the brain by challenging students to be creative; using action areas of the brain by providing activities to confirm and extend learning....Zull's years of experience as both professor of biology and director of a university teaching institute are apparent; the book is well written and appropriately technical for the audience interested in applying current knowledge about the brain to learning and instructing. Highly recommended."

"It is clear by now, that I found Zull's book meaningful, clear, useful in many ways, and a wonderful explication of complex issues. I will sound its praises to anyone interested. I will use it with a faculty "book club" next semester. I recommend it as a necessary part of any collection of important literature on teaching and learning. And I will incorporate its lucidity and depth into my own thinking, teaching, and wonder at the marvels of the human brain and the way that we use it in our classrooms and hopefully, in the rest of our lives."

"I read (devoured) this book three times, and I am overwhelmed by it. It is just perfectly and brilliantly thought through! The reader receives important information in small and easily digestible portions. The illustrations from the author's own teaching experience underscore the points he makes in a profound way."

"This is the best book I have read about the brain and learning. Zull takes us on a fascinating and vivid tour of the brain, revealing the intricate structure of the organ designed by evolution to learn from experience. Using wonderful stories from his own experience, filled with insight, humor, and occasional twinges of pain, this wise and humane educator and scientist describes his concept that teaching is the art of changing the brain. His perspective forms the foundation for a teaching approach that can dramatically improve human learning."

"Writing for all educators, [Zull's] theme is that a better understanding of brain function will promote a more flexible and varied approach to learning. The results offer a refreshing clarity. [In] his fine book...Zull has done a remarkable job of simplifying both brain function and learning processes. It is a synthesis of what we know about the brain and about learning, a synthesis that simplifies both fields to draw a usable map of the terrain of learning. I encourage educators at all levels to grapple with Zull's model...and integrate his insights with their own experience and understanding of the learning process. A work like The Art of Changing the Brain has long been needed."

"I found The Art of Changing the Brain to be deeply thought provoking. It is not only grounded in emerging brain research but relates such research directly to the experiences of students and challenges of classroom teaching. As a Middle School Administrator, I believe that this book will become an excellent and unique resource for the ongoing professional growth of educators. The book can be profitably read by any teacher at any level, and I intend to use it in my own courses for students in education classes."

"I love this book. It is refreshing because it takes a leap into the meaning of brain research for educators (sometimes precisely and sometimes a bit vague, but a leap! We have been waiting for such a book to comfortably combine the science with the practice. I hope to use it for a seminar with my own students."

"I have just discovered your amazing book, The Art of Changing the Brain. I found it among the new books and materials, just before winter break, and read it every day now--though I am only at Chapter 6. I find I reread, and make so many connections as I go, and I do not wish to rush! "

About the Author

James E. Zull is Professor of Biology and of Biochemistry, and Director of The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) at Case Western Reserve University. After 25 years of research on cell-cell communication, protein folding, cell membranes, and biosensors, he turned his interest toward understanding how brain research can inform teaching. Building on his background in cell-cell communication, his experience with human learning and teaching at UCITE, and drawing on the increasing knowledge about the human brain, led to writing his acclaimed first book, The Art of Changing the Brain.

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is Professor of Biology and of Biochemistry, and Director of The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) at Case Western Reserve University. After 25 years of research on cell-cell communication, protein folding, cell membranes, and biosensors, he turned his interest toward understanding how brain research can inform teaching. Building on his background in cell-cell communication, his experience with human learning and teaching at UCITE, and drawing on the increasing knowledge about the human brain, led to writing his acclaimed first book, The Art of Changing the Brain.

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Very well written, concise, and engaging.
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When you understand how the brain works, it's clear that these apparently mundane tasks are actually critical to the learning process.
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I look forward to sitting down and reading the book again.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 14, 2007
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For whatever it's worth, I just received my PhD in Educational Neuropsychology and have been looking closely to see what's recently been published in this nascent field. One key statement in my dissertation was a comment by a neuroscientist that teachers spend all day trying to change the brain while knowing practically nothing about it. Enter James Zull's excellent book.

There's not much available on brain-based learning, educational neuropsychology, neuroeducation--or whatever one chooses to call it--and what there is just doesn't quite cut it for educators--many of whom have at least some degree of technophobia. Neuroscience feels especially daunting and inaccessible to most educators. This book, on the other hand, leads teachers gently by the hand into what was formerly scary territory in a warm, non-threatening way.

After each neural function is described, Dr. Zull, (who I'm guessing wrote the book while on sabbatical at Harvard--specifically at their Center for the Mind, Brain, and Education), immediately discusses the implications that particular function has for teaching and learning. To his credit, he never loses sight of his primary audience--teachers.

The other excellent tactic he uses which is quite novel is to relate neuroscience findings to learning theory--specifically Kolb's. If anyone knows of any other neuroscientist who's done this, please leave a comment as I'd certainly like to know. This is currently a huge gap between neuroscience, cognitive psych, and education.

My only concern is that Dr. Zull may have sacrificed a bit of clarity in the effort to make a dense scientific subject accessible for a non-scientific (primarily) audience.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Duncan H. Haynes on January 2, 2006
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Dr. Zull combines expert knowledge of brain imaging studies and learning theory, enabling a practical understanding of the brain's learning cycle:

(1) New information is received by the sensory cortex, then

(2) Reflective observation is carried out by the integrative cortex, then

(3) Abstract hypotheses are constructed in the frontal cortex, then

(4) The new knowledge is subjected to active testing involving the motor cortex

(Bringing in new knowledge to perpetuate the cycle)

When all steps in the cycle are working well in an emotionally supportive environment, the result is continuous active learning. When any of these steps is inhibited, active learning is not achieved. Dr. Zull gives suggestions for removing these blocks using examples drawn from a long teaching career. The book has been very useful to me for improving communication.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ingonyama VINE VOICE on January 10, 2007
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As I redesigned my course syllabus and lesson plans for introductory anthropology this fall, after reading Zull's book over the summer, I consciously tried to take into account the four step process described by the reviewer below. I've taught the course four times before and this was definitely the most successful -- by the end of the course the students were much more able to use the concepts they'd been introduced to over the course of the term, and the feedback and #s on the student evaluations of the course improved markedly.

Updating in 2012....I am more convinced of the value of this book than ever. After a couple of terms providing and not providing study guides, I've found that the mean grades in my intro. class are higher when the students don't get study guides. The reasons for this are straightforward - they need to go through their notes, identify the concepts themselves, etc. - but as Zull explains this also means they are using different parts of the brain in the process. Granted, I don't need the book to know this, but it's useful to me in justifying the decision not to provide a study guide to have a bit of neuroscience to appeal to.

It also makes me wary of stuff like the new Apple iBook textbooks that eliminate the process of making index cards to study. When you understand how the brain works, it's clear that these apparently mundane tasks are actually critical to the learning process.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By RL Harriman on December 15, 2003
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December 15, 2003
Dr. James Zull has put together the biology of the brain along with connecting the brain and education.
The Art of Changing the Brain is the best approach to learning about the function of the brain as it applies to education that I have ever seen.
Dr. Zull style of writing is "easy going" and most enjoyable. One can learn about the functions of the brain without having to have a doctorate in neurology or other arcane sciences.
He does teachers and learners a great service by taking the profession's vocabulary and putting it into scientific terms rather than the other way around. In chapter six of his book he deals with the importance of prior learning and it's formation of actual neuronal networks in the brain that validates the physical presence of learning. When actual life experiences can be reflected in the plasticity of the cerebral neurons then students really sit up and take notice.
When we can validate the physical presence of learning, a new paradigm is created.
Excellent book. Highly recommend!
Dr. Rob Harriman
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