Neuroscepticism: investigating teachers’ experiences using a Whole Brain Teaching method

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Abstract

The integration of neuroscience into teaching programs is developing and there is a trend towards including approaches claiming to be brain-based in classroom practice. The chapter presents a study that was undertaken over the period of one school semester in a second languages program. It involved five primary school teachers and three secondary school teachers teaching Greek as a second language in an accredited after-hours community language program. Through systematic data collection of interviews and teacher journals, teachers reflected on Whole Brain Teaching (WBT) strategies introduced and used and how these contributed to both engagement with and recall of information, specifically set vocabulary in the second language. The study explores the lived experiences of eight teachers who used WBT strategies, and who all advocated the positive impact of the WBT method without making links to learning theories or seeking evidence for research on the method.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvidence-Based Learning and Teaching
Subtitle of host publicationA Look into Australian Classrooms
EditorsMelissa Barnes, Maria Gindidis, Sivanes Phillipson
Place of PublicationAbingdon UK
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter5
Pages48-59
Number of pages12
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781351129367
ISBN (Print)9780815355717, 9780815355700
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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