Ed Next Book Club: Dan Willingham’s Why Don’t Students Like School?



By Education Next 03/14/2011

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The Ed Next book club is back for round two.

Breakthroughs in cognitive science over the past 25 years have given rise to hope that a new era of brain-based teaching and learning may soon be upon us. Yet precious few advances have actually been made. Dan Willingham, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Virginia and author of the American Educator’s “ask the cognitive scientist” column, offers a bridge between the laboratory and the classroom in his volume, Why Don’t Students Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for The Classroom. In today’s edition of the Education Next Book Club, we speak with Dan about his book, the responses he’s seeing in the field, and the indisputable cognitive principles that guide how humans learn.

Our first Ed Next book club podcast, on Richard Whitmire’s The Bee Eater, can be heard here.

Additional installments of our Ed Next Book Club podcast can be heard here.

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