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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Easy-to-apply, scientifically-based approaches for engagingstudents in the classroom

Cognitive scientist Dan Willingham focuses his acclaimedresearch on the biological and cognitive basis of learning. Hisbook will help teachers improve their practice by explaining howthey and their students think and learn. It reveals-the importanceof story, emotion, memory, context, and routine in buildingknowledge and creating lasting learning experiences.

  • Nine, easy-to-understand principles with clear applications forthe classroom
  • Includes surprising findings, such as that intelligence ismalleable, and that you cannot develop "thinking skills" withoutfacts
  • How an understanding of the brain's workings can help teachershone their teaching skills

"Mr. Willingham's answers apply just as well outside theclassroom. Corporate trainers, marketers and, not least, parents-anyone who cares about how we learn-should find his book valuablereading."
—Wall Street Journal

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"Mr. Willingham's answers apply just as well outside theclassroom. Corporate trainers, marketers and, not least,parents—anyone who cares about how we learn—should findhis book valuable reading."
Wall Street Journal

"Just like his Ask the Cognitive Scientist column, DanWillingham's book makes fascinating but complicated research fromcognitive science accessible to teachers. It is jam packed withideas that teachers will find both intellectually rich and usefulin their classroom work."
Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation ofTeachers

"This readable, practical book by a distinguished cognitivescientist explains the universal roots of effective teaching andlearning. With great wit and authority it practices the principlesit preaches! It is the best teachers' guide I know of—aclassic that belongs in the book bag of every teacher frompreschool to grad school."
E. D. Hirsch, Jr., university professor emeritus,University of Virginia

"Dan Willingham, rare among cognitive scientists for also beinga wonderful writer, has produced a book about learning in schoolthat reads like a trip through a wild and thrilling new country.For teachers and parents, even students, there are surprises onevery page. Did you know, for instance, that our brains are notreally made for thinking?"
Jay Mathews, education columnist, The WashingtonPost

"Educators will love this wonderful book—in clear andcompelling language, Willingham shows how the most importantdiscoveries from the cognitive revolution can be used to improveteaching and inspire students in the classroom."
John Gabrieli, Grover Hermann Professor of HealthSciences, Technology, and Cognitive Neuroscience, MassachusettsInstitute of Technology

"Scientists know so much more than we knew thirty years agoabout how children learn. This book offers you the research, andthe arguments, that will help you become a more effectiveteacher."
Joe Riener, English teacher, Wilson High School,Washington, D.C.

Why Don't Students Like School? now comes with onlinediscussion questions. Go to www.josseybass.com/go/willingham.

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Why Don't Students Like School?

Kids are naturally curious, but when it comes to school it seems like their minds are turned off. Why is it that they can remember the smallest details from their favorite television program, yet miss the most obvious questions on their history test?

Cognitive scientist Dan Willingham has focused his acclaimed research on the biological and cognitive basis of learning and has a deep understanding of the daily challenges faced by classroom teachers. This book will help teachers improve their practice by explaining how they and their students think and learn—revealing the importance of story, emotion, memory, context, and routine in building knowledge and creating lasting learning experiences.

In this breakthrough book, Willingham has distilled his knowledge of cognitive science into a set of nine principles that are easy to understand and have clear applications for the classroom. Some of examples of his surprising findings are:

"Learning styles" don't exist The processes by which different children think and learn are more similar than different.

Intelligence is malleable Intelligence contributes to school performance and children do differ, but intelligence can be increased through sustained hard work.

You cannot develop "thinking skills" in the absence of facts We encourage students to think critically, not just memorize facts. However thinking skills depend on factual knowledge for their operation.

Why Don't Students Like School is a basic primer for every teacher who wants to know how their brains and their students' brains work and how that knowledge can help them hone their teaching skills.

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