Learning and Instruction

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Merrill, 2003 - Education - 516 pages
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For upper-undergraduate and graduate-level Educational Psychology or Learning Theories courses.

How do people learn? How can instruction promote learning? This new text by a noted scholar thoroughly and succinctly answers these two fundamental educational psychology questions. The author focuses on the "big" ideas, preferring that students understand a few exemplary ideas deeply, rather than numerous ideas superficially. He organizes coverage around the two "sides" of the educational "coin:" learning in subject areas and instructional methods that foster meaningful learning; and explaining what research says about the learning/teaching process. The text uses clear definitions, concrete examples, and a conversational writing style that easily engages students by addressing them directly.

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Introduction to Learning and Instruction
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Teaching by Priming Students Motivation

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About the author (2003)

Richard E. Mayer is professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he has served since 1975. He is the author of Multimedia Learning (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Multimedia Learning (Cambridge University Press, 2005). In 2008 he received the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Contributions of Applications of Psychology to Education and Training Award.

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