The Neurological Basis of Learning, Development and Discovery

Implications for Science and Mathematics Instruction

  • Anton E. Lawson

Part of the Science & Technology Education Library book series (CTISE, volume 18)

About this book


A goal of mine ever since becoming an educational researcher has been to help construct a sound theory to guide instructional practice. For far too long, educational practice has suffered because we have lacked firm instructional guidelines, which in my view should be based on sound psychological theory, which in turn should be based on sound neurological theory. In other words, teachers need to know how to teach and that "how-to-teach" should be based solidly on how people learn and how their brains function. As you will see in this book, my answer to the question of how people learn is that we all learn by spontaneously generating and testing ideas. Idea generating involves analogies and testing requires comparing predicted consequences with actual consequences. We learn this way because the brain is essentially an idea generating and testing machine. But there is more to it than this. The very process ofgenerating and testing ideas results not only in the construction of ideas that work (i. e. , the learning of useful declarative knowledge), but also in improved skill in learning (i. e. , the development of improved procedural knowledge).


brain cognition education learning learning theory mathematics neural networks physiology science education

Authors and affiliations

  • Anton E. Lawson
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Life SciencesArizona State UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-1180-1
  • Online ISBN 978-0-306-48206-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1572-5987
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