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Understanding Educational Neuroscience: A Teacher's Perspective
by Morgan, Robbi Jo, M.Ed., Minot State University, 2017, 98; 10267692
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this project was to determine what teachers know and what they need to know about neuro-education applications in the classroom. Teachers in grades kindergarten through eighth grade from a Midwestern community of approximately 45,000 people. There were sixty-nine respondents with 7.2% of them being male. The question regarding their level of education resulted in 59.4% having their master’s degree. It was interesting to note that 40.6% of the teachers responding were between the ages of 51-65 and had been teaching for more than 21 years were asked to complete a survey about their understanding of neuro-myths that effect classroom performance. These implications focus on neuro-myths. The resulting list is to provide possible professional development opportunities for the teachers. This survey was conducted for three weeks. There were a total of forty-five statements that asked the respondent to rank on a 5-point scale whether they disagreed or agreed. There were also four open-ended questions. The results indicated teachers were not correct or not confident in their responses regarding the importance of movement in the classroom, good nutrition, proper amount of sleep, and the importance of a positive relationship between the teacher and student. Some of the neuro-myths that teachers were unsure about were learning with only one hemisphere of the brain, synaptic pruning and learning, students’ misbehavior changing with conversation, and regenerating brain cells.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jensen, Debra
Commitee: Cole-Harding, Shirley, Conn, Dan, Steele, Patty
School: Minot State University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- North Dakota
Source: MAI 56/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Science education
Keywords: Cognitive science, Learning styles, Neurogenesis, Synaptogenesis
Publication Number: 10267692
ISBN: 978-0-355-33335-0
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