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Guidance and toolkits

The following page contains links to key guidance documents and toolkits produced by experts in the Brain, Mind and Education field. These range from books and articles on 'how the brain learns', to more educationally-focused pieces on the practical implications of some of these insights.

Teachers TV - 'Ready to Learn' - Video clips of Prof. Susan Greenfield, Dr. Jonathan Sharples (Institute for the Future of the Mind, Oxford University) and Dr. Paul Howard-Jones (Department of Education, Bristol University) discussing future prospects for collaborations between neuroscience and education. The videos can be viewed here.

The following resources are not open source but for convenience a link has been provided to a site where they might be purchased. 
 

'The Child's Mind' - A special edition of Scientific American Mind that contains articles on lots of educationally relevant brain-science issues (development disorders, attention, literacy strategies etc). This item can be downloaded here.
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore & Uta Frith (2005) The Learning Brain: Lessons for Education, Blackwell. An easy-to-read introduction to how the brain works in the context of learning and education. Although very interesting, the authors do not draw out too many implications for classroom practice. this book is available here.
David A Sousa (2006) How the Brain Learns, 3rd ed, Corwin Press. Sousa generally presents neuroscientific information that is up-to-date and accurate, and assumes no prior knowledge. His focus is clearly on the classroom environment, but he is careful not to over-interpret the science. Sousa also has some more specialised titles (eg How the Brain Learns to Read, [2005]), which are equally well written.  This is available here.
Patricia Wolfe (2001) Brain Matters: Translating Research into Classroom Practice, ASCD. A simple, straightforward and generally accurate presentation of how the brain works. As she says in her Introduction, the book contains more caveats than answers: this is how it should be!
National Research Council, USA (2000) How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School, National Academy Press. An excellent resource put together by the Committee on Developments in the Science of Learning under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. This is available here.
Sergio Della Sala (1999) Mind Myths: Exploring Popular Assumptions About the Mind and Brain,  Wiley. A collection of articles looking at the origins and true explanations of many of the common misconceptions about how our brain works (eg the "we-only-use-10%-of-our-brain" myth).
Stanislas Dehaene (1997) The Number Sense: How the Mind Creates Mathematics,  Oxford. The author started out as a mathematician and then became one of the world's leading neuroscientists as he tried to figure out what's really going on when we do maths. This book is available here.
Daniel J Levitin (2006) This is Your Brain on Music: the Science of a Human Obsession,  Penguin. A recent book that covers much of the amazing recent work on how the brain creates and interprets music. The author is a professional musician and producer as well as a neuroscientist. This book is available here.
Lise Eliot (1999) What's going On In There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life, Bantam Books. An excellent book by a neuroscientist who had a baby and wondered what was going on ... so she found out what is known and what is not. Dispels many of the neuromyths out there using evidence from carefully controlled studies where appropriate. An excellently referenced book. This book is available here.
Richard A. Schmidt & Craig A. Wrisberg (2004)  Motor Learning and Performance: A Problem Based Learning Approach, 3rd ed. Human Kinetics. An excellent text that covers just about everything you need to know about the factors affecting motor learning and performance. Full of real-life examples, exercises and tests. If you are interested in the area, you will find it invaluable. This is available here.

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