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

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 10, 2009 - Education - 240 pages
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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User Review  - barlow304 - LibraryThing

In this fascinating book, Professor Willingham attempts to bridge the gap between what cognitive scientists have learned about the mind and what teachers do every day in school. Each chapter is shaped ... Read full review

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The is an incredibly thought provoking book. Willingham provides us with different answers to many well-known theories. He causes you to really think about what you already know and challenges us to ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Why Dont Students Like School?
3
Chapter 2 How Can I Teach Students the Skills They Need When Standardized Tests Require Only Facts?
19
Chapter 3 Why Do Students Remember Everything Thats on Television and Forget Everything I Say?
41
Chapter 4 Why Is It So Hard for Students to Understand Abstract Ideas?
67
Chapter 5 Is Drilling Worth It?
81
Chapter 6 Whats the Secret to Getting Students to Think Like Real Scientists Mathematicians and Historians?
97
Chapter 7 How Should I Adjust My Teaching for Different Types of Learners?
113
Chapter 8 How Can I Help Slow Learners?
131
Chapter 9 What About My Mind?
147
Conclusion
161
Notes
167
Index
171
Credit Lines
177
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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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