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Using Brain-Based Learning Strategies in the Classroom

, University of Mary Washington, United States ; , College of Southern Maryland, United States ; , University of Mary Washington, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Victoria, Canada ISBN 978-1-939797-03-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


This research study examined brain-based learning within a framework of cognitive sciences. Brain-based learning involves a strategy that incorporates different learning styles and active learning techniques to enhance student engagement and achievement. The primary purpose of this study was to gain an understanding of higher education faculty knowledge, beliefs, and practices within a brain-based learning approach and if they incorporate these ideas into their instruction. Survey questionnaires were distributed online to faculty and students at two different higher education institutions to determine if faculty and student responses reinforced and supported each other. An analysis of the data confirmed this support and showed that faculty are interested in and are using brain-based instruction to encourage student engagement and learning in the classroom.


Houff, S., Klinger, M.B. & Coffman, T. (2013). Using Brain-Based Learning Strategies in the Classroom. In J. Herrington, A. Couros & V. Irvine (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2013--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 2060-2069). Victoria, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 21, 2019 from .

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