Brain Based Learning

The theoretical foundations of our pedagogical model combine Brain Based approaches: teaching and learning methods, lesson designs, and programs that are based on the latest scientific research about how the brain learns, including such factors as cognitive characteristics, emotions and motivation.

Brain-based learning is motivated by the general belief that learning can be accelerated and improved if educators base how and what they teach on the science of learning, rather than on past educational practices, established conventions, or assumptions about the learning process. For example, it was commonly believed that intelligence is a fixed characteristic that remains largely unchanged throughout a person’s life.

However, recent discoveries in cognitive science have revealed that the human brain physically changes when it learns, and that after practicing certain skills it becomes increasingly easier to continue learning and improving those skills. This finding—that learning effectively improves brain functioning, resiliency, and working intelligence—has implications in curriculum design of our academic programs and the learning environment.