Adolescent Learning Research Center to Hold Brain Camp

Posted: June 7, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

George Mason’s campuses are traditionally loaded with camps for kids during the summer–sports camps, enrichment camps, and recreational camps. But this summer the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study’s Adolescent Learning Research Center will hold a unique “Brain Camp” for rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in Fairfax County Public Schools.

Thirty-six students in nearby schools are being recruited as “research associates” for the program, which will attempt to discover if specific curricular approaches are effective on students’ language and reading development.

The research will be conducted July 5 through August 9 under the direction of Barbara Given, Graduate School of Education and the Krasnow Institute. Teachers and teaching assistants from Fairfax schools who had special training over the past year under Given and Teresa Zutter, director of alternative education for the Fairfax County Public Schools, will help administer the camp.

Three groups of students are being recruited. The first group will include students with receptive language and reading deficits, and adequate social skills in school; the second group will have students who demonstrate academic deficits and are frequently disruptive in school; the third group will have students who serve as peer tutors and role models. All participating students will receive an electroencephalogram (EEG) at the beginning and end of the camp plus a follow-up EEG next January to determine what types of brain activity changes can be identified over time.

For more information, contact Given at x34406 or bgiven@gmu.edu.

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