Debunking False Ideas About The Brain

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa (Author, Universidad de las Américas)


A guide to the science behind the art of teaching.

Teachers are always eager for information that will have a positive impact on students’ learning, and neuroscience research is an exciting source of new ideas. However, misconceptions or misunderstandings about the brain—neuromyths—have the capacity to derail rather than improve teaching and learning.

In this fascinating examination, Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa untangles scientific fact from pedagogical fiction, debunking dozens of widely held beliefs about the brain that have made their way into the education literature.  In each case, from myths about “right-brained” and “left-brained” people to myths about IQ or about the Internet, she traces the origins of the belief—often a distortion of research findings—and corrects the record with the current state of knowledge. Educators will find this an invaluable resource not only as a snapshot of current brain research and its implications for classroom practice, but as a guide for how to avoid neuromyths in future. 

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • Forthcoming September 2018
  • ISBN 978-0-393-71323-7
  • 7 × 10 in / 288 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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