Learn about the brain from some fine minds in education
The Best of Corwin series showcases key chapters from critically acclaimed Corwin publications for a powerful compilation of perspectives on important education issues and topics. Featuring the works of recognized pioneers in the nascent field of educational neuroscience, this cutting-edge collection show show to apply current brain research to teaching and learning. The book is divided into three parts: The Developing Brain, The Brain in School, and Instructional Strategies for Every Brain. Chapter topics include: Brain structures and development from birth through adolescence; What causes the brain to pay attention and remember; How the brain learns to read and calculate; Differences between the male and female brain; The social and academic needs of students with learning ...
Chapter 5: The Numerate Brain
The Numerate Brain
Counting up to small quantities comes naturally to children. Either spontaneously or by imitating their peers, they begin to solve simple arithmetic problems based on counting, with or without words. Their first excursion into calculation occurs when they add two sets by counting them both on their fingers. Gradually they learn to add without using their fingers and, by the age of five, demonstrate an understanding of commutativity of addition (the rule that a + b is always equal to b + a). But as calculations become more difficult, errors abound, even for adults. One thing is certain: The human brain has ...