Why Don't Students Like School?
A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom
Research-based insights and practical advice about effective learning strategies
In this new edition of the highly regarded Why Don't Students Like School? cognitive psychologist Daniel Willingham turns his research on the biological and cognitive basis of learning into workable teaching techniques. This book will help you improve your teaching practice by explaining how you and your students think and learn. It reveals the importance of story, emotion, memory, context, and routine in building knowledge and creating lasting learning experiences.
With a treasure trove of updated material, this edition draws its themes from the most frequently asked questions in Willingham's "Ask the Cognitive Scientist" column in the American Educator. How can you teach students the skills they need when standardized testing just requires facts? Why do students remember everything on TV, but forget everything you say? How can you adjust your teaching for different learning styles? Read this book for the answers to these questions and for practical advice on helping your learners learn better.
Discover easy-to-understand, evidence-based principles with clear applications for the classroom
- Update yourself on the latest cognitive science research and new, teacher-tested pedagogical tools
- Learn about Willingham's surprising findings, such as that you cannot develop "thinking skills" without facts
- Understand the brain's workings to help you hone your teaching skills
Why Students Don't Like School is a valuable resource for both veteran and novice teachers, teachers-in-training, and for the principals, administrators, and staff development professionals who work with them.
About this Author
DANIEL T. WILLINGHAM is Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He is the author of several educational books, the columnist for "Ask the Cognitive Scientist" for American Educator, and a fellow of the American Psychological Association. He was appointed in 2017 by President Obama to serve as a Member of the National Board for Education Sciences.
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