Robert Sylwester

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Robert Alfred Sylwester
Born January 5, 1927
Portland, Oregon
Died August 5, 2016(2016-08-05) (aged 89)
Eugene, Oregon
Citizenship United States
Nationality American
Fields Curriculum and Instruction
Institutions College of Education, University of Oregon
Alma mater Concordia Teachers College, Nebraska
University of Oregon
Doctoral advisor Donald Tope
Doctoral students 66 completed doctorates
Known for Educational Neuroscience

Robert Alfred Sylwester (born January 5, 1927) was an Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Oregon in the United States.[1]


Throughout his academic career and other works, Sylwester has focused on improving educators' personal understanding of brain systems and processes, and on providing them with simple explanations and metaphors that can be utilized to increase their students' understanding. Sylwester believes that teachers understand their curriculum best when they can effectively teach it, so encouraging an effective curriculum about brain organization can enhance both the teachers' and students' understanding of our brain. Issues that confront society involve cognitive processes, so including brain organization in school curriculum is arguably worthwhile.


The Education Press Association of America has given Sylwester Distinguished Achievement Awards for two of the 18 syntheses of cognitive neuroscience research that he published in Educational Leadership,[2] and one award for Best Series of Articles in an Educational Journal, published in The Instructor Magazine.


  • The Adolescent Brain: Reaching for Autonomy, Robert Sylwester, Corwin Press, 2007, ISBN 978-1-4129-2611-9
  • How to Explain a Brain: An Educator’s Handbook of Brain Terms and Cognitive Processes, Robert Sylwester, Corwin Press, 2005, ISBN 978-1-4129-0638-8
  • A Biological Brain in a Cultural Classroom: Enhancing Cognitive and Social Development through Collaborative Classroom Management, Robert Sylwester, Corwin Press, 2003, ISBN 978-0-7619-3810-1
  • Student Brains, School Issues: A Collection of Articles, Robert Sylwester, Corwin Press, 1998, ISBN 978-1-57517-046-6
  • A Celebration of Neurons: An Educator's Guide to the Human Brain, Robert Sylwester, Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, 1995, ISBN 978-0-87120-243-7

Personal life and death[edit]

Sylwester died at his home in Eugene, Oregon, on August 5, 2016, at the age of 89.[3] He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Eileen Maier Sylwester. He is survived by seven adult children and twenty grandchildren.


  1. ^ UO Education Studies Faculty University of Oregon
  2. ^ Educational Leadership Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  3. ^ Obituary Musgrove Family Mortuary

External links[edit]