Summary of How Students Learn

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Editors M. Suzanne Donovan and John D. Bransford address the principles of learning in this book from The National Academy of Sciences. They discuss how to help children learn science plus the skills of critical thinking, active inquiry and mastery of knowledge frameworks. The editors show teachers how students learn. Thus, with the slightest adaptations, these principles would work well for any knowledge-based activity, from training to sales and marketing. getAbstract recommends this book – the third in a series that also covers teaching math and history – to teachers and educational policy makers, especially in science. It would also serve anyone interested in science, learning, critical thinking or building an atmosphere of inquiry.

In this book, you will learn

  • What principles guide learning in general,
  • How to apply these principles to improve instructional design and
  • How children learn science.

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About the Authors

The National Academy of Sciences is an honorary science and engineering society. M. Suzanne Donovan directs its Strategic Education Research Partnership and edits books on learning. University of Washington education professor John D. Bransford has written seven books.


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