Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Graduate Education


Recent developments in neuroscience have enabled scientists to understand and image brain activity. Brain researchers are now more able than ever before to understand how the brain works, what affects the brain, and what implications these discoveries have for education. Based upon these discoveries new methods of teaching have been devised using the term, brain-based strategies or brain-based learning. This thesis examines some of the brain-based strategies embraced by leaders in this field. It will pay particular attention to the enriched environment, the effect of emotion on learning, and the concept of sensitive or critical periods. It will examine research in these areas and contemplate the validity of findings and the implications they have on classroom practice.


Action Research Report Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Education