Why Don't Students Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 10, 2009 - Education - 240 pages
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Easy-to-apply, scientifically-based approaches for engaging students in the classroom

Cognitive scientist Dan Willingham focuses his acclaimed research on the biological and cognitive basis of learning. His book will help teachers improve their practice by explaining how they and their students think and learn. It reveals-the importance of story, emotion, memory, context, and routine in building knowledge and creating lasting learning experiences.

  • Nine, easy-to-understand principles with clear applications for the classroom
  • Includes surprising findings, such as that intelligence is malleable, and that you cannot develop "thinking skills" without facts
  • How an understanding of the brain's workings can help teachers hone their teaching skills

"Mr. Willingham's answers apply just as well outside the classroom. Corporate trainers, marketers and, not least, parents -anyone who cares about how we learn-should find his book valuable reading."
—Wall Street Journal

  

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Review: Why Don't Students Like School?: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom

User Review  - jmjester - Goodreads

Daniel Willingham concludes Why Don't Students Like School? A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom by likening teaching to writing. He ... Read full review

Review: Why Don't Students Like School?: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions about How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom

User Review  - Matt - Goodreads

Engaging, funny, and thought-provoking, this book does a great job of synthesizing cognitive science research and applying it to student learning. The book is full of little tidbits I've been sharing ... Read full review

Contents

Why Dont Students Like School?
3
How Can I Teach Students the Skills They Need When Standardized Tests Require Only Facts?
25
Why Do Students Remember Everything Thats on Television and Forget Everything I Say?
53
Why Is It So Hard for Students to Understand Abstract Ideas?
87
Is Drilling Worth It?
107
Whats the Secret to Getting Students to Think Like Real Scientists Mathematicians and Historians?
127
How Should I Adjust My Teaching for Different Types of Learners?
147
How Can I Help Slow Learners?
169
What About My Mind?
189
Conclusion
207
End Notes
214
Index
217
Credit Lines
225
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About the author (2009)

Daniel T. Willingham is professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1992. He writes the popular Ask the Cognitive Scientist column for American Educator magazine.

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