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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.
On completion of this unit you should have had the opportunity to:
- Become aware of current understanding of the structure and function of the brain.
- Be introduced to and have a critical analysis of the linked concepts of brain-based learning and brain-based education.
- Understand the role of play in brain development.
- Consider practical strategies for developing the curriculum to facilitate children's learning through play and other rich learning experiences.
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Play, learning and the brain
This unit 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.
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This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Educational Practice courses or view the range of currently available OU Educational Practice courses.
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Originally published: Wednesday, 13th July 2011
Last updated on: Friday, 12th October 2012
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