Annotated Bibliography of Resources for Educational Reform, Coherent Teaching Practice, and Improved Student Learning
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Caine, R. N., & Caine, G. (1997a). Education on the edge of possibility. Alexandria, VA: Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.
While providing anecdotal and theoretical suggestions for the reader, Caine and Caine's second book on brain-based learning describes the outcomes of a process to bring the authors' holistic interpretation and application of brain research to the teachers in two schools. The process begins with small group sessions, building on the existing mental models that teachers have about student learning and brain principles, a process the authors call an "experimental partnership." As they create an environment of learning, they begin to change the existing mental models that teachers have about students through a process of "ordered sharing." The Caines use the Wheel of Experience Design Model as a tool to develop dialogue and reflection in the process. The participants use a framework that begins with an instructional design focus, moves to an in-class peer group interaction, and then to an out-of-class and cross-age peer group interaction. Once the group has gone through these stages, they move to participation with the entire school community, then to home and family connections, then to local community resources and support, and finally to wider community involvement and media participation. It is an approach to instruction that involves the teacher in a systemic change process built on the way students learn.
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