How Learning Works : Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching, Hardback

How Learning Works : Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching Hardback

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Distilling the research literature and translating the scientific approach into language relevant to a college or university teacher, this book introduces seven general principles of how students learn.

The authors have drawn on research from a breadth of perspectives (cognitive, developmental, and social psychology; educational research; anthropology; demographics; organizational behavior) to identify a set of key principles underlying learning, from how effective organization enhances retrieval and use of information to what impacts motivation.

Integrating theory with real-classroom examples in practice, this book helps faculty to apply cognitive science advances to improve their own teaching.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 336 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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  • Category: Educational psychology
  • ISBN: 9780470484104



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I know this book will not be for everyone, but as a soon-to-be EdD student, I loved it. Ambrose and the rest of the gang from the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence at Carnegie Mellon University lay out seven teaching principles backed by research and show how they work and how to apply them in the classroom. Written for higher education, the principles can surely be applied to other levels of learning as well.

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