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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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-03-01
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass
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Praise forWhy Don't Students Like School?"Just like his Ask the Cognitive Scientist column, Dan Willingham'sbook makes fascinating but complicated research from cognitive science accessible to teachers. It is jam packed with ideas that teachers willfind both intellectually rich and useful in their classroom work." -Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers"This readable, practical book by a distinguished cognitivescientist explains the universal roots of effective teaching and learning.With great wit and authority it practices the principles it preaches!?It isthe best teachers' guide I know of-a classic that belongs in thebook bag of every teacher from preschool to grad school." -E. D. Hirsch, Jr., university professor emeritus, University of Virginia"Dan Willingham, rare among cognitive scientists for also being awonderful writer, has produced a book about learning in school that readslike a trip through a wild and thrilling new country. For teachers and parents, even students, there are surprises on every page. Did you know, for instance,that our brains are not really made for thinking?" -Jay Mathews, education columnist, The Washington Post"Educators will love this wonderful book-in clear and compelling language, Willingham shows how the most important discoveries from the cognitive revolution can be used to improve teaching and inspire students in the classroom." -John Gabrieli, Grover Hermann Professor of Health Sciences,Technology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology"Scientists know so much more than we knew thirty years ago abouthow children learn. This book offers you the research, and the arguments,that will help you become a more effective teacher." -Joe Riener, English teacher, Wilson High School, Washington, D.C.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
The Authorp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Why Don't Students Like School?p. 3
How Can I Teach Students the Skills They Need When Standardized Tests Require Only Facts?p. 19
Why Do Students Remember Everything That's on Television and Forget Everything I Say?p. 41
Why Is It So Hard for Students to Understand Abstract Ideas?p. 67
Is Drilling Worth It?p. 81
What's the Secret to Getting Students to Think Like Real Scientists, Mathematicians, and Historians?p. 97
How Should I Adjust My Teaching for Different Types of Learners?p. 113
How Can I Help Slow Learners?p. 131
What About My Mind?p. 147
Conclusionp. 161
Notesp. 167
Indexp. 171
Credit Linesp. 177
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