DOI: 10.14704/nq.2018.16.5.1303

Brain-Science-Based Teaching Method for Natural Science Education

Yanping Qiu


With the development of the society and the extensive studies of brain sciences, teaching adolescents according to their brain development characteristics has become particularly important to the improvement of their intelligence level and the cultivation of their overall quality. This paper develops inquiry-based teaching programs and conducts inquiry-based teaching in natural science classes for one year, hoping to understand the effects of inquiry-based teaching on the brain development of adolescent students and provide a certain reference for the selection of teaching models in the future. The results show that inquiry-based teaching can significantly improve students’ academic performance and enhance their right-brain tendency; and that at the same time such kind of teaching has positive effects on the students’ imagery thinking and right-brain development. Therefore, in teaching practice, teachers should provide students with a suitable learning environment and pay attention to students’ abilities to observe, think and solve problems. At the same time, considering the importance of the theoretical brain science research, brain science education should also be incorporated into the occupational training of teachers to improve their scientific literacy.


Brain Science, Education, Inquiry-Based Teaching, Quality

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