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Brain; Learning, Psychology of; Teaching--Psychological aspects; Academic theses;


Educators are required to implement scientifically-based research interventions in their classrooms, but teachers and administrators may not be aware of the current laws and requirements of NCLB legislation. NCLB (2001) requires that educators implement research-based interventions. Brain-based learning programs have been implemented in classrooms throughout the country, even though the research base for such programs may be inadequate. This study presents the results of educational database searches for empirical studies involving brain-based or brain-compatible learning published in educational journals between 1985 and 2009. A total of 77 articles on brain-based learning were published during this time period but only 5 of the articles described primary, empirical research and were in published peer-reviewed journals. These five articles were critiqued using criteria for evaluating evidenced-based research that was developed using the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory standards (Margolin, 2004). None of the articles met the criteria established by NCREL for scientifically-based research. This study clearly points out the need for careful consideration by educators and other professionals in the field in adopting curriculum and implementing models of learning that are truly research-based according to established criteria.

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Specialist in Education


Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations, and Leadership Studies


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

First Advisor

Charlotte M. Haselhuhn


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