Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ded)


Professional Studies in Education

First Advisor

George R. Bieger, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Cathy Kaufman, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Dr. Jo Holtz

Fourth Advisor

Jo Holtz, Ph.D.


The purpose of this descriptive study is to examine brain-based learning within a framework of multiple intelligences, cognitive learning, and planned behavior. Brain-based learning is a strategy to incorporate different styles of learning to enhance student achievement. The primary purpose is to gain an understanding of higher education teacher education faculties’ knowledge, beliefs, and practices of their experiences with brain-based learning and if they incorporate it in their classroom. With the publication of “The Universe Within: A New Science Explores the Human Mind” by Morton Hunt in 1982, shows how cognitive science relates to many other fields and describes how the mind works. Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences theory will also relate the mind and the use of brain-based learning in the classroom. The examination of background information will correlate medical and educational links to brain-based learning. The method used was a survey, designed by the researcher and distributed to teacher education faculty in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education by e-mail. The survey research report aggregated data only, so confidentiality was maintained. A quantitative approach was used with the information gathered from the teacher education faculty.