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Play, learning and the brain

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This free course, Play, learning and the brain, examines the area of brain-based learning, with a particular focus on the development of the young child's brain, and is of particular relevance to those who work with young children. We begin by looking at the structure and functions of the brain, and the impact that sensory deprivation can have on these. We consider the implications of current understandings of brain development for teaching and learning, particularly in an early years setting, and finish by exploring the value of play (particularly outdoor play) in children's learning and the development of their brains.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate an awareness of current understanding of the structure and function of the brain
  • understand and critically analyse the linked concepts of brain-based learning and brain-based education
  • understand the role of play in brain development
  • recognise practical strategies for developing the curriculum to facilitate children's learning through play and other rich learning experiences.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 15 hours
  • Updated Friday 12th August 2016
  • Intermediate level
  • Posted under Educational Practice
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Play, learning and the brain

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This course examines the subject of brain-based learning, with a particular focus on the development of the young child's brain and is of particular relevance to those who work with young children. We begin by looking at the structure and functions of the brain, and the impact that sensory deprivation can have on these. We consider the implications of current understandings of brain development for teaching and learning, particularly in an early years setting, and finish by exploring the value of play (particularly outdoor play) in children's learning and the development of their brains.

This OpenLearn course provides a sample of postgraduate study in Education, Childhood & Youth qualifications. [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

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