Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Science & Mathematics Teaching Center


Professor Jacqueline Leonard, Chair

Second Advisor

Professor Alan Buss

Third Advisor

Professor Ana Houseal

Fourth Advisor

Professor Mark Lyford


This literature review addresses brain-based learning and synthesizes research about the brain and how it learns. This paper examines the use of brain research to explain how brain health and development contribute to learning and memory. Also addressed are strategies for the classroom that consider the current brain research. Finally, recommendations are made for the application of brain-based learning in a ninth-grade science classroom. Brain-based learning is a term used to describe the strategies that educators use to create learning environments that are aligned with the way the brain naturally learns. It has been revealed that a person's memory and learning is highly affected by brain development and brain health. Teachers who become educated on these concepts can use this information to design classrooms that are student-centered and brain-friendly. This type of learning environment assists adolescent students in forming a deeper understanding and increased retention of information.


Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Natural Science Science and Mathematics Teaching Center, University of Wyoming.