What specific strategies
stimulate brain cognition or a desire to participate? Sit and Get Won’t Grow
Dendrites: 20 Professional Learning Strategies that Engage the Adult Brain
by Marcia L. Tate offers answers to these questions. As its name suggests,
the book rejects the notion that consistent stimulation of the brain and,
by extension, effective learning can occur in a setting where adults receive
information passively. As such, its purpose is to describe 20 methods of
delivery that grow dendrites, or memory cells, and facilitate long-term
retention. Tate begins with adult learning theories that outline the conditions
under which adults learn best. She then discusses learning strategies related
to these theories. She concludes with sample professional lesson designs
and practical tips. Like its previous version, the book is geared towards
adult educators in various contexts.
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