Smart Schools: From Training Memories to Educating Minds (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 30, 2008 - Education - 272 pages
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Perkins reveals the common misguided strategies students use and offers teachers and parents advice on how they can help their children.

Although there has been a great deal of impassioned debate over the sad state of American education today, surprisingly little attention has been paid to how children actually learn to think. But, as David Perkins demonstrates, we cannot solve our problems in this area simply by redistributing power or by asking children to regurgitate facts on a multiple choice exam. Rather we must ask what kinds of knowledge students typically acquire in school.

In Smart Schools, Perkins draws on over twenty years of research to reveal the common misguided strategies students use in trying to understand a topic, and then shows teachers and parents what strategies they can use with children to increase real understanding.
  

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User Review  - Brandon - Goodreads

A useful class-level curriculum book. A bit redundant and not the best writing, but important, thoughtful, actionable content. Read full review

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User Review  - Meg - Goodreads

Attempted....and as most educational books that were recommended in grad school before I had experience, I find it dry and boooooring. I know enough now that these books (this book?) seems silly. Read full review

Contents

THE ALARM BELLS
19
Theory One and Beyond
43
Toward a Pedagogy of Understanding
73
Creating the Metacurriculum
99
The Role of Distributed Intelligence
131
The Cognitive Economy of Schooling
155
VICTORY GARDENS FOR REVITALIZED EDUCATION
183
THE CHALLENGE OF WIDESCALE CHANGE
204
Appendix A CHECKLIST FOR CHANGE
231
References
245
Index
257
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About the author (2008)

He codirects the think tank "{Project Zero" at the Harvard Graduate School of Education & has authored books on mind, intelligence, creativity & learning.

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