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The New Science of Learning

The New Science of Learning

Terry Doyle

Professor of Reading, Ferris State University

Date: April 9, 2013


Almost daily, neuroscience, biology and cognitive science researchers reveal new insights about how the human brain works and learns. The value of this research is its potential to elevate the learning success of all students regardless of their learning situations. This presentation will discuss many of these new research findings and suggest ways to apply them in a higher education setting. Topics will include preparing the brain to learn, findings on movement and exercise, sleep, memory formation and recall, attention enhancers, multisensory learning and teaching and the role of patterns in teaching and learning.

About the Speaker

Terry Doyle is an author, educational consultant, and Professor of Reading at Ferris State University where he has worked for the past 36 years. From 1998 to 2009 he served as the Senior Instructor for Faculty Development and Coordinator of the New to Ferris Faculty Transition Program for the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at Ferris State. Terry has presented over seventy workshops on teaching and learning topics at regional, national, and international conferences since 2000. During the past five years, he has worked with faculty in Taiwan, South Korea and faculty at eighty different colleges and universities across the United States on ways to develop a learner centered teaching practice. He is the author of the book Learner Centered Teaching: Putting the Research on Learning into Practice, which was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Selected New Books in Higher Education in 2012, and the book Helping Students Learn in a Learner Center Environment: A Guide to Teaching in Higher Education, published by Stylus in 2008. He is the co-author of the book New Faculty Transition -An Ideal Program published in 2004. His newest book, co-authored with Dr. Todd Zakrejsek, is titled The New Science of Learning: How Brain Research is Revolutionizing the Way We Learn and is written for college students. It is scheduled for publication in the summer of 2013.