The Neuroscience of Learning and Development: Enhancing Creativity, Compassion, Critical Thinking, and Peace in Higher Education by Marilee Bresciani LudvikIs higher education preparing our students for a world that is increasingly complex and volatile, and in which they will have to contend with uncertainty and ambiguity? Are we addressing the concerns of employers who complain that graduates do not possess the creative, critical thinking, and communication skills needed in the workplace?
This book harnesses what we have learned from innovations in teaching, from neuroscience, experiential learning, and studies on mindfulness and personal development to transform how we deliver and create new knowledge, and indeed transform our students, developing their capacities for adaptive boundary spanning.
Starting from the premise that our current linear, course-based, educational practices are frequently at odds with how our neurological system facilitates learning and personal development, the authors set out an alternative model that emphasizes a holistic approach to education that integrates mindful inquiry practice with self-authorship and the regulation of emotion as the cornerstones of learning, while demonstrating how these align with the latest discoveries in neuroscience.
The book closes by offering practical ideas for implementation, showing how simple refinements in classroom and out-of-classroom experiences can create foundations for students to develop key skills that will enhance adaptive problem solving, creativity, overall wellbeing, innovation, resilience, compassion, and ultimately world peace.
Co-published with ACPA - College Student Educators International
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Explore the neuro-scientific underpinnings of the learning process, factors that hinder or limit our learning ability, including ways to optimize this most fundamental attribute of being human. The acquisition of knowledge and information, feelings and behaviors that would combine over years to shape who you are right now. - The authors of this book suggest that the way we organize higher education to deliver learning and development is not aligned with how the neurological system facilitates that learning. To see an impact from the ways we foster learning we need to examine how we teach in all its forms.
Through years of research, we now understand so much more about the brain than we did before, and this new knowledge is starting to shed light on how we learn best. Our brain makes us who we are and it controls all bodily functions. For these connections to stay strong, behaviours that fire up our brain e. In this whitepaper, we take time to explore the truth behind these myths. Neuroscience strategies that are well researched and affect how well we learn include; exercising to increase learning efficiency, sleeping to consolidate learning, and playing learning games to trigger chemical rewards in the brain. Findings from neuroscience show that learning can rarely be a one-off event. Learning must be a blended journey and it is key to make connections between different elements of the learning.