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Facilitating Learning with the Adult Brain in Mind


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Preface ix PART I: Brain: Then and Now 1 Chapter 1: Brain Basics-changes in the brain over eons 3 Chapter 2: The Learning, Changing Adult Brain-experience, memory, and emotions 33 Chapter 3: Metaphors, Embodiment, and Hemispheres-foundations of brain-aware approaches 59 PART II: PracticesThat Enhance Adult Learning-featuring the Theatre of Knowing 81 Chapter 4: Setting the Stage for Learning-lowering anxiety, engaging curiosity 91 Chapter 5: Enter Stage Left-starting with verbal-theoretical conceptual approaches in mind 115 Chapter 6: Enter Stage Right-starting with embodied and metaphorical approaches in mind 135 Chapter 7: Center Stage-interweaving multifaceted approaches 175 Chapter 8: Spotlight on Meaning Making-scaffolding reflection and feedback 215 PART III: Reflecting on Practice 245 Chapter 9: Enhancing Brain-Aware Practice with Theory-foundational theories of learning and development 247 Chapter 10: Toward Complexity and Commitment-learning that promotes courageous informed action 287 Epilogue 311 References 315 Acknowledgments 331 About the Authors and Contributors 333 Name Index 345 Subject Index 349

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KATHLEEN TAYLOR is professor in the Doctorate of Educational Leadership program in the Kalmanovitz School of Education at Saint Mary's College of California. A former Fulbright Scholar, she teaches, writes, and consults internationally in the areas of adult development and learning, learning and transformation, creativity, and "brain-aware" facilitation of adult learning. CATHERINE MARIENAU is professor-faculty mentor and coordinator of the Master of Arts in Educating Adults program in the School for New Learning at DePaul University. She teaches, writes, and consults in the areas of adult learning and development, competency-based learning, assessing learning, reflective practice, and "brain-aware" facilitation of adult learning. They are the authors, with Morris Fiddler, of the award-winning Developing Adult Learners: Strategies for Teachers and Trainers from Jossey-Bass.

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