Brain Plasticity and Learning Discoveries

Background: The paper begins by reviewing different models of education including “organic” and child- centric practices that focus on learners in terms of their natural unfolding, “cognitive acquisition” practices that focus on standardized knowledge and testing, and “constructivist” practices that aim to develop learners to engage creatively with their social and natural context. From the point of view of neuroscience, the authors introduce the advanced brain-centric model of physiological regulation known as allostasis, or “stability through change.”

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