Programming the Brain: Educational Neuroscience Perspective – Pedagogical Practices and Study Skills for Enhanced Learning and Metacognition
The brain is considered by many to be the most amazing organ within the human body. It controls both voluntary and involuntary functions. It also allows people to obtain, process, and use knowledge about various topics with which is it presented. In the book Programming the Brain: Educational Neuroscience Perspective – Pedagogical Practices and Study Skills for Enhanced Learning and Metacognition, by Chandana Watagodakumbura, the topic of both the physical make-up of the brain, as well how it obtains, process, uses, and retains information, are discussed. Geared toward an audience of educators, Programming the Brain presents how different parts of the brain function, how information is learned, retained, and used and how the two work together to accomplish this. Studies and theories, such as Bloom’s Taxonomy, studies by Karl Jung and others, are also added into this book to explain why the author’s theories and research have come to the conclusion of how to best teach information so that it is both understandable and retainable.
Programming the Brain is definitely a book that is geared toward an academic audience. The layout, referral to research, and text present this book as one that would be used in a pre- or post-graduate college course or for continuing education classes and/or workshops for teachers. A lot of information and research is laid out in this book with references dating back to the 1950s through the 2010s. While this book contains a lot of information, as well as suggestions for how to best utilize the parts of the brain, along with teaching methods to obtain optimal learning and recall, the span of sources seems too broad. Those in education are looking for the newest and cutting-edge methods, and while this book has valid points, it refers back to old-school teaching and learning methods that may not draw interest in its intended audience. Also, the cadence of the text is very monotone as well as highly academic, which required a lot of re-reading to understand (and this is coming from someone who was in the teaching profession for more than 15 years). Overall, this book earns a solid 3 stars because the information is correct and relevant, but unfortunately, not as cutting-edge as it could be.