Teaching Minds: How Cognitive Science Can Save Our Schools

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Teachers College Press, Apr 17, 2015 - Education - 223 pages
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“Professor Roger Schank has long been one of the world’s most innovative thinkers about education. This book is the culmination of his lifetime of thinking about teaching and learning. Although I’ve known Roger for over 20 years, I’ve learned a lot from this book and I know that you will too.”
—Ray Bareiss, Professor and Director of Educational Programs, Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley

“Finally, some fresh thinking about teaching and learning. You will come away understanding what’s wrong with how we teach today and what an effective pedagogy looks like. If you care about education, you will love love love this book!”

—Elliot Soloway, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, University of Michigan

“Roger’s insights tend to be a decade or two ahead of the insights of others. You can find his insights in current machine translation technologies, recommender systems, game-based learning environments, and even intelligence-gathering systems. The insights in this book are likely to be equally prescient and enduring.”
—Janet L. Kolodner, Regents' Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology


“Roger Schank shows that we can learn more by concrete challenge and disagreement than through disinterested lectures and gingerly-put abstractions.”
—Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law and Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University

From grade school to graduate school, from the poorest public institutions to the most affluent private ones, our educational system is failing students. In his provocative new book, cognitive scientist and bestselling author Roger Schank argues that class size, lack of parental involvement, and other commonly-cited factors have nothing to do with why students are not learning. The culprit is a system of subject-based instruction and the solution is cognitive-based learning. This groundbreaking book defines what it would mean to teach thinking. The time is now for schools to start teaching minds!

Roger Schank was the founder of the renowned Institute for the Learning Sciences at Northwestern University, where he is John P. Evans Professor Emeritus in Computer Science, Education, and Psychology.

 

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"Why do we still have schools?" This is one of the questions Schank (founder, Inst. for the Learning Sciences, Northwestern Univ.) asks his readers to contemplate. He argues that the traditional ... Read full review

Contents

Cognitive ProcessBased Education
1
Teaching Kids to Walk and Talk
15
What Cant You Teach?
35
Twelve Cognitive Processes That Underlie Learning
45
RealLife Learning Projects Considered
57
A Socratic Dialogue
73
KnowledgeBased Education vs ProcessBased Education
75
New Curricula for a New Way of Teaching
89
Defining Intelligence
137
Restructuring the University
157
How Not to Teach
171
How the Best Universities Inadvertently Ruin Our Schools
183
What Can We Do About It?
205
Notes
221
About the Author
223
Copyright

How to Teach the Twelve Cognitive Processes That Underlie Learning
109

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Roger Schankwas the founder of the renowned Institute for the Learning Sciences at Northwestern University, where he is John P. Evans Professor Emeritus in Computer Science, Education, and Psychology. Visit Dr, Shanks's website at www.rogerschank.com and read his blog: educationoutrage.blogspot.com.

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