This week I learned about the brain and the way information is processed through it. There is so much I could share, but I will keep it relatively short. The brain is a complex organ. It is through this organ that we the individuals can process, store, and retrieve information. However, the way we utilize the information process can range from inefficient to efficient. Those that are more efficient with their information processing can utilize concepts such as encoding. Encoding is a more efficient manner of storing information for faster recall by storing information in different formats. For me this would be through visual and hands-on means. However, the format can vary from person to person. In addition, I also believe that the way the individual process information can vary from situation to situation due to external/environmental factors.
What else can the brain do? It can problem solve. The information processing theory describes how individual’s problem solve when learning by utilizing encoding, retrieval, and metacognition (Laureate Education, n.d.). These fancy words just refer to figuring out what the problem is, using prior knowledge or experience to attempt to solve the problem, and metacognition is the guiding hand that tries to get you from point A to point B.
Now that you know a little bit about the brain, check out these resources below to learn more about the way people learn, problem solving, and brain-based learning.
To start with this is a book about the way people learn. The title gives away everything this book is about. How People Learn has four sections. The first section introduces the science of learning. The second section is about learners and learning. The third section focuses on the teachers and teaching. The final section deals with the future for science behind learning. The reason I included this resource was because I thought it reinforce concepts learned from week 2 or introduce new concepts about learning.
This resource provides a study pinpointing the impact of metacognitive strategies and self-regulation in conjunction to solving math word problems. In other words, do these strategies and processes influence the learner’s ability to problem solve. The results conclude that those using metacognitive strategies and self-regulating processes were more successful in their attempts of the math word problems.
I had to include one resource about brain-based learning because that is the trend being advertised. However, from what I have gathered brain-based learning in the sense of having viable applications for education are few. Although, there are many books out there indicating that it is based on brain-based learning, the books are said to be inaccurate and do not have the accurate data to back up the claims. This article just summarizes brain-based learning as to what it is and applications it hopes to accomplish.
Until next week!
Committee, O. D. I. T. S., National, R. C., Board, O. B. C. A. S., & Division, O. B. A. S. S. (2000). How people learn : brain, mind, experience, and school: expanded edition. Retrieved from https://ebookcentral.proquest.com
Laureate Education (Producer). (n.d.). Information processing and problem solving [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Thompson, S. (2018). Brain-Based Learning. Brain-Based Learning — Research Starters Education, 1–6. Retrieved from https://ezp.waldenulibrary.org/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=e0h&AN=31962573&site=eds-live&scope=site
Vula, E., Avdyli, R., Berisha, V., Saqipi, B., & Elezi, S. (2017). The Impact of Metacognitive Strategiesand Self-Regulating Processes of Solving Math Word Problems. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 10(1), 49–59. Retrieved from https://ezp.waldenulibrary.org/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ1156332&site=eds-live&scope=site