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Jump-Start the Adult Learner
How to Engage and Motivate Adults Using Brain-Compatible Strategies

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© 2007 | 232 pages | Corwin

"Overall this text is a very interesting read with significant applicability to both advisors and faculty. The creative advisor will have no problem synthesizing Materna's ideas and theories of brain-compatible learning strategies into daily interactions with students and faculty." —Jennifer Varney, Hesser College

"This outstanding book combines neuroscience and education to create an energetic and practical guide to the adult brain. You'll finish it feeling as if you've just been entertained and enlightened."

Sheryl Feinstein, Augustana College

Use brain-based learning techniques for powerful staff development!

Brain-compatible learning promotes the brain's natural capacity to learn, and more and more educators have been using this technique to help young students become successful learners. By combining adult education theory with brain-compatible learning, noted educator Laurie Materna offers practical, brain-friendly instructional approaches for working with adults in both informal and formal environments.

This user-friendly guide provides valuable background information about adult learning styles, memory, and how the brain learns. Engaging, interactive strategies for classrooms or workshops include graphic organizers, music energizers, exercise activities, and self-assessments, and each strategy is accompanied by a wide range of real-life examples.

Educators will be able to motivate adult learners to

  • Become more self-directed in their own learning
  • Improve their ability to recall, comprehend, and apply complex information
  • Unleash their creative potential as they explore a variety of learning modalities
  • Turn their education into a meaningful and rewarding experience

Ideal for staff developers, trainers, principals, teacher leaders, coaches, mentors, adult education instructors, adult learners, and consultants, Jump Start the Adult Learner provides everything staff developers need to successfully implement this dynamic and learner-centered approach in any adult learning environment.

 
List of Figures
 
List of Tables
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Part 1: Brain 101
 
1. How the Brain Learns
 
2. Promotion of Learning
 
Part 2: The Resourceful Learning State
 
3. Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligence
 
4. Resourceful Learning State
 
Part 3: Active Learning Strategies
 
5. Key Metacognitive Learning Strategies
 
6. Blending Taxonomies to Bring the Learning Process Full Cycle
 
References
 
Index

"This outstanding book combines neuroscience, education, and nursing to create an energetic and practical guide to the adult brain. You'll finish it feeling as if you've just been entertained and enlightened."

Sheryl Feinstein, Associate Professor
Augustana College

"Makes brain-based learning understandable and practical for the instructor who already feels overwhelmed with a multitude of daily classroom activities and 'too much to teach.' The author has generated a system to help faculty sift through what's effective and what's not."

Kristie L. Kroening, Nursing Instructor
Milwaukee Area Technical College

"An excellent guide for anyone who teaches adults."

California Bookwatch, October 2007

"Overall this text is a very interesting read with significant applicability to both advisors and faculty.  The creative advisor will have no problem synthesizing Materna's ideas and theories of brain-compatible learning strategies into daily interactions with students and faculty."  —Jennifer Varney, Hesser College

Jennifer Varney
Hesser College
NACADA
Key features

This user-friendly guidebook includes:

  • Exercises
  • Inventories
  • Activities
  • Reproducibles
  • Examples pulled from a wide range of adult learning situations

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