Brain Based Learning

George Siemens, elearnspace, Jun 26, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

George Siemens comments on the redundancy built into the term "brain based learning" ("Is it like butt-based sitting?") and then points to an article entitled "The Seductive Allure of Neuroscience Explanations" as well as an 8 minute video on "Brain based education: Fad or Breakthrough?" He argues that when we hear explanations in "neuro-speak" we tend to be less critical of bad explanations. Personally, I cringe when I hear someone offer left-brain or right-brain as a simplistic argument for any behavior, so I understand and support where George is coming from. - GW
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