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Brain Research

Language Development

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"Although it is impossible to tap all intelligences at all times, teachers need to incorporate a variety of strategies so that they reach and are successful with more students than they have been in the past" (Campbell, Campbell, Dickinson, 1996).

  • Brain research in the last decade has focused on multiple intelligences. In previous years, the emphasis was on linguistics and mathematics/logics, but a study done by Campbell, Campbell and Dickinson in 1996 revealed that educators should provide a variety of tools to increase learning.
  • Another area of brain research that has emerged is music. It is viewed as an important aspect to language development as it comes from an area of pyschology. The psychological literature is rich with research on music and rote memorization. 
  • Language acquisition and rote memorization represent two distinct types of verbal learning. Yet, although they are not synonymous, they are related: Language acquisition subsumes memorization. 
  • The ability to memorize is critical to the language acquisition process, since it would be virtually impossible to acquire language without memory.