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"Despite the science-heavy topic, Zull writes in such a way that the casual reader with an interest in the mind and education should be able to follow along easily. He explains concepts articulately and coherently. When discussing research, he does mire the text in minute details about the experiments themselves, focusing instead on the relevant results. He manages to find a balance between science content and conversational style, resulting in an enlightening, engaging text.

In short, From Brain to Mind is an engrossing book that is as entertaining as it is educational." (Erin E. Gonzales, College of Education, University of North Texas The Review of Higher Education)

"Zull takes the reader on a journey from understanding the brain as a biological organ (a collection of cells, neurons, and chemicals) to understanding the brain as a complex, thinking, human mind that experiences emotions, makes decisions, and learns...I highly recommend Zull's book to learning center staff, it could also make a great professional development activity for staff." (The Learning Assistance Review)

"From Brain to Mind challenges educators to see what children learn from the perspective of neuroscience, and to see what this perspective provides educators... The metacognition Zull advocates should lead the reader to work through the chapters and come up with ideas about or approaches to education. Summing Up: Recommended." (Choice)

"To better teach the mind, one should understand the brain. From Brain to Mind: Using Neuroscience to Guide Change in Education discusses a more scientific approach to education from James E. Zull as he discusses how the brain receives information and how to better understand cognitive development of mind as an educator. Stating that developing learning skills are more important than ever in today's world that you may see multiple jobs throughout, From Brain to Mind is an excellent pick for anyone who wants to understand a more a scientific approach to education." (Midwest Book Review - Education Shelf)

"From Brain to Mind: Using Neuroscience to Guide Change in Education provides a powerful survey of how we learn, offering lay educators an introduction to what neuroscience can tell us about cognitive development and its links to teaching strategies. From how a brain becomes a mind through experience and how the education process can support that connection, chapters discuss leapfrogging patterns, the biology of motivation, education and memory formation, and much more. Any educator's library should include this." (California Book Watch)

"My congratulations to James Zull for the way he connects neuroscience and education, and offers valuable insights on how we can be more intentional in improving the opportunities and conditions for learning in and out of the classroom. This book is articulate, and convincing, and strikes an excellent balance between a substantive explication of brain science and an engaging and conversational style." (Elkhonon Goldber, Clinical Professor of Neurology at the NYU School of Medicine, author of The New Executive Brain)

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Stylus Publishing; 58519th edition (May 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579224628
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579224622
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Professor Zull presents some interesting scientific and speculative ideas about learning and teaching, partly from the perspective of neuroscience. He has certainly awakened me to some of his points of view. I definitely think that my teaching has benefitted a little by reading the book, and thinking about some of his proposals. The brain, the "mind", teaching and learning are all very complex and worth exploring, despite our very limited current knowledge of the brain. I am very much in agreement with his efforts to bring mind out of the Cartesian mysticism, and into the realm of something arising in nature and a part of nature, as we are. In addition, his biological point of view can be very helpful.
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By Rara on March 28, 2013
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If you love neuroscience, Zull is always a great read. Interesting and easy to read, he doesn't use fancy words and explains a lot of his theories using stories and experiences from his own life as a student and teacher. Truly a good book to have on your shelf. I am a foreign language teacher and I even find information in the book useful for teaching and applying to thinking about how students learn.
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This book contains a fair amount of interesting information that is geared toward educators but is insightful for learners of all ages. That in mind, I was just a bit underwhelmed by the book. Although I can't really put my finger on why, the author's presentation style just did not work very well for me, and the book seemed to lack significant depth. I think that it would have been interesting to see some more neuroscience findings that were well-validated by field research in psychology and education. Part of my frustration was likely not due to the author, but instead the fact that we just don't know a ton about the brain yet, so I think the author tried to overreach a bit. Again, definitely a decent read with some good insights and interesting information, but I did not "click" as well with this author as well as I have with some others whom I have read recently.
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Have you ever felt as if your education only used a part of your mind? Did you come away bored, or worse, turned off to further education? Then this book is for you. It is also for all educators on all levels.
Education needs to change! The educational designs and their curricula need to address the whole person, not just the content some elite group in society deems important. We also need to take the experience of the person, no matter the age, into account. Zull discusses the human brain and its workings while giving practical suggestions of ways educators can help all participants in education to use their whole brain in learning. He calls this, "Going from brain to mind." He is an engaging author and speaker who has taught about the mind as Professor of Biology at Case Western Reserve University for many years. His ideas, if adopted, would revolutionize education and help children and adults to gain a love for education and a desire for more. Buy this book now and join the winds of change in education!
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This book is exception. In fact, when my professional learning group of Reading Recovery trainers, was asked to read his first book, we asked him to speak at our conference. He is as good as a speaker as he is a writer. During the conference, he introduced this book and the hundreds of people who attended couldn't wait to get this book. Four years later we are still talking about it. A great read from a very knowledgeable individual.
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