Attachment-Based Teaching

Creating a Tribal Classroom

The Norton Series on the Social Neuroscience of Education


Louis Cozolino (Author)

Overview | Contents

Teaching teachers the importance of social connection in the classroom.

Human brains are social, and a student's ability to learn is deeply influenced by the quality of his or her attachment to teachers and peers. Secure attachment relationships not only ensure our overall well-being, but also optimize learning by enhancing motivation, regulating anxiety, and triggering neuroplasticity. This book presents a classroom model of secure attachment, exploring how teacher-student rapport is central to creating supportive, "tribal" classrooms and school communities.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • October 2014
  • ISBN 978-0-393-70904-9
  • 6.2 × 9.3 in / 288 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“Having completed my masters thesis on attachment and emotional regulation, I can say that I have never read such a compelling argument for paying attention to how kids feel — and how it, in turn, affects learning. . . . His writing is not just comprehensive and clear, but also directly applicable. For teachers of any kind, this is a powerful book.” — PsychCentral

“[E]ducators from a variety of disciplines and levels can reap beneficial ideas from this text. . . . [T]he book gives some excellent examples of teachers using tribal-building approaches successfully . . . . These and the author’s own personal examples could be useful for educators to build into their course or use as discussion points with their students.” — PsycCRITIQUES

Attachment-Based Teaching puts social-affective neuroscience and the biology of attachment directly in the hands of teachers, providing powerful, evidence-based and accessible explanations for why and how appropriate social bonding is the foundation for all meaningful learning and achievement. It is a unique resource and a must-read for any teacher who cares about his or her students.” — Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD, Associate Professor of Education, Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Southern California

“This is a powerful and necessary book that every parent, teacher, and professional involved in education should read and practice. Using science to support his thoughts on attachment-based learning with real world examples demonstrated by successful teachers, Dr. Cozolino provides a clear road map with the tools necessary to successfully implement an effective teaching and learning structure. If you want what is best for your child or your students, you must read Attachment-Based Teaching!” — Erik Perkowski, Executive Director, California Scholarship Federation

“Louis Cozolino has done it again. His ability to explain and show the relevance and application of complex neurobiology, psychology, and social anthropology is without equal. The blend of substance and readability is nothing short of remarkable. Dr. Cozolino is able to inform, inspire, illustrate, and provoke practical and realistic ways to improve education and touch the lives of a new generation.” — Sam Crowell, EdD, co-author of Emergent Teaching; faculty member for the UNESCO Chair of Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter

“A must-read for all current and future teachers. Read this book and you’ll be challenged and transformed, becoming a better teacher (tribal leader) for having done so. Take some time to reflect on Cozolino’s ideas and challenge your own beliefs, and you’ll become a better learner as well.” — David Stevens, PhD, Professor and Director of Clinical Experience at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Los Angeles, California

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