The School Administrator

January 1998Brain ResearchBreakthroughs in cognitive science promise higher learning

Features

  • The Brain Revolution

    by ROBERT SYLWESTER


    Spectacular developments in cognitive science, reminiscent of John Dewey’s progressive movement, have opened a world of new challenges for school leaders, according to the author of A Celebration of Neurons: An Educators’ Guide to the Human Brain. Robert Sylwester is a professor of education at the University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.

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  • How To Think About the Brain

    by RENATE NUMMELA CAINE


    The authors of Unleashing the Power of Perceptual Change: The Promise of Brain Based Teaching provide a set of guiding principles to follow when applying brain research to the classroom. Also: Additional resources. Renate Caine is executive director of the Center for Research in Integrative Learning/Teaching at California State University, San Bernadino. Geoffrey Caine is a consultant primarily on adult learning.

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  • Turning Learning Upside Down and Inside Out

    by JOHN ABBOT

    The director of an international project to better understand how humans learn discusses the challenge of building a learning community that's founded on the latest research in neurology and evolutionary psychology. Also: What is the 21st Century Learning Initiative? John Abbott is president of the 21st Century Learning Initiative, Washington, D.C.

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  • The Ramifications of Brain Research

    by DAVID A. SOUSA


    It may be a revolution in the making, but school leaders ought to update their knowledge base before acting on the implications of brain research, according to a former district superintendent. David Sousa is an educational consultant and a former superintendent

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  • Teaching and Assessing for Successful Intelligence

    by ROBERT J. STEINBERG


    The Yale professor of psychology and education emphasizes three kinds of abilities--analytical, creative and practical--to unearth hidden talents in students. Also: Lynn English, principal of a Raleigh, N.C., elementary school, details the application of Sternberg’s theory in a school setting.

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Profile

    Brent M. Thorne by JAY P. GOLDMAN



    superintendent, Sevier School District, Richfield, Utah

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    Departments

    Focus

    Reducing Out-of-School Suspensions Through Alternative Placements by ALAN STORM



    Director of student services, Sunnyside Unified School District No. 12, Tucson, Ariz.

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    Focus

    A Technology Bond Referendum Hinges on Salesmanship by RALPH S. MUSCO



    Principal of Northern Highlands Regional High School, Allendale, N.J.

     

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    President's Corner

    Much to Think About in the New Year by KARL V. HERTZ


    President, AASA

    President's Corner

    Much to Think About in the New Year by KARL V. HERTZ


    President, AASA

    Focus

    Advice to a New Superintendent: Act Like Elvis, Think Like Cicero by ROBERT STABILE


    Director of Powerhouse Schools League, Westerville, Ohio, and associate professor, Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio

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    Guest Column

    Wanting the Best for Our Children by DOROTHY RICH



    Founder and president, Home and School Institute, Washington, D.C.

     

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    Executive Perspective

    Pinata Beaters and the Rush Toward a Narrow Self-Interest by PAUL D. HOUSTON


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