Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1998

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Timothy W. Young

Second Committee Member

Frederick Abel

Third Committee Member

Osman Alawiye


The significance of utilizing a brain-based approach to learning and teaching was researched. Current brain research indicates that often traditional educational methods are not conducive or are even detrimental to student learning. Several sources supported the brain-based learning, multiple intelligence, and learning styles theories. The research suggested that the brain-based learning approach has been beneficial not only to student learning but also to an increase in student motivation and self-esteem. A handbook for educators was created to compliment existing curriculum. This handbook features "brain friendly" strategies and activities that focus on rich and positive learning experiences that enable students to develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. These activities were designed for use in a primary age level classroom.