Date of Award/Publication

2007

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MS in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to develop an understanding of brain functionality as it correlates to learning, in order to improve pedagogical practices. Research indicated a correlation between the two and an action research plan was developed replicating many of the strategies detailed in the literature review. The study took place over a two month period and findings were positive, but inconclusive. There was a reported increase in lesson planning focus, which enabled the educator to create student centered activities that were tailored to the sample; however, little variation in the learning style prohibited the educator to conclude whether the ease of lesson planning, implementation, and student engagement would exist among a classroom with varying learning styles. Also, many of the activities suggested were difficult to implement creating the need for further research on these strategies on an individual basis.

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