Making Learning Whole: How Seven Principles of Teaching Can Transform Education

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Wiley, Feb 12, 2010 - Education - 272 pages
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New in Paperback! Make learning more meaningful by teaching the"whole game"

David Perkins, a noted authority on teaching and learning andco-director of Harvard's Project Zero, introduces a practical andresearch-based framework for teaching. He describes how teachingany subject at any level can be made more effective if students areintroduced to the "whole game," rather than isolated pieces of adiscipline. Perkins explains how learning academic subjects shouldbe approached like learning baseball or any game, and hedemonstrates this with seven principles for making learning whole:from making the game worth playing (emphasizing the importance ofmotivation to sustained learning), to working on the hard parts(the importance of thoughtful practice), to learning how to learn(developing self-managed learners).

  • Vividly explains how to organize learning in ways that allowpeople to do important things with what they know
  • Offers guidelines for transforming education to prepare ouryouth for success in a rapidly changing world
  • Filled with real-world, illustrative examples of the sevenprinciples

At the end of each chapter, Perkins includes "Wonders ofLearning," a summary of the key ideas.

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David Perkins, Ph.D., is a senior professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and senior co-director (with Howard Gardner) of Project Zero, an educational research group known particularly for its work on learning for understanding, thinking, and multiple intelligences. Perkins is a noted international speaker and author of several books, including Smart Schools and The Eureka Effect.

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