Keys to Effective Learning: Developing Powerful Habits of Mind

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Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2006 - Education - 392 pages
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For courses in Study Skills, Student Success, Freshman Seminar or "University 101".

Offering a strong framework and powerful theme, the fifth edition of Keys to Effective Learning helps students acquire the tools they need to succeed in college and beyond. At the heart of this edition are the Habits of Mind--eleven behaviors that, according to research by educator Art Costa, promote effective problem-solving in academic as well as workplace and social situations. This edition retains its goal of developing better problem-solvers and more successful learners and offers improved study skills coverage, a newly organized chapter on learning styles and diversity, and new pre- and post- course assessments in the book. More streamlined and targeted, with the Habits of Mind theme more fully integrated, it gives readers a powerful set of tools to increase their preparedness, confidence, and their commitment to learning. This structure is particularly effective for first generation and at-risk students.

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Carol Carter is founder of Lifebound, a career coaching company that offers individual coaching sessions and seminars for high school students, college students, and career seekers. She has written and co-authored multiple texts. She has taught welfare-to-work classes, team taught in the La Familia Scholars program, and conducted numerous workshops for students and faculty around the country. Carol is a national college and career expert and is interviewed regularly in print, on the radio, and for television news programs.

Joyce Bishop holds a Ph.D. in psychology and has taught for more than 20 years, receiving a number of honors, including Teacher of the Year for 1995 and 2000. For five years she has been voted "favorite teacher" by the student body and Honor Society at Golden West College, Huntington Beach, California, where she has taught since 1987 and is a tenured professor. She worked with a federal grant to establish Learning Communities and Workplace Learning in her district, and has developed workshops and trained faculty in cooperative learning, active learning, multiple intelligences, workplace relevancy, learning styles, authentic assessment, team building, and the development of learning communities. Joyce currently teaches on-line and multimedia classes, and trains other faculty within her 21 college district. In addition, she has co-authored multiple texts and is the lead academic for the Lifelong Learning Telecourse.

Sarah Lyman Kravits comes from a family of educators and has long cultivated an interest in educational development. She has co-authored several books and has served a Program Director for LifeSkills, Inc., a nonprofit organization that aims to further the career and personal development of high school students. In this role, she helped facilitate both curricular and organizational elements of the program, working closely with instructors as well as members of the business community. Sarah has also given workshops on critical thinking.

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