Play Based Learning. Neuroscience, Early Childhood Education and Play:

Early Childhood Education Journal

June 2011, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 89-94

Neuroscience, Early Childhood Education and Play: We are Doing it Right!

Abstract
This editorial examines neuroscience and its impact on the field of education. Starting with a narrative between two young children, the author intertwines research with basic principles of learning, using the interaction between two 4-year-olds to illustrate the precepts. The four principles are: (1) the brain is uniquely organized; (2) the brain is continually growing; (3) a “brain-compatible” classroom enables connection of learning to positive emotions; and (4) children’s brains need to be immersed in real-life, hands-on, and meaningful learning experiences. The editorial concludes with an illustration of how the brain works while two children are playing at the small animal center in their classroom.

Read the whole article

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10643-011-0447-z#page-1



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