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Why Don’t Students Like School?

A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom

By Daniel T. Willingham
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Why Don’t Students Like School?: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom by Daniel T. Willingham

Why Don’t Students Like School? (2009) seeks to explain the brain’s most important processes relating to memory, learning and intelligence. A stronger understanding of these mechanisms will enable all educators to train themselves in better teaching methods and result in more engaging and effective educational programs.

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Daniel T. Willingham is a cognitive psychologist who is a professor in the University of Virginia’s Department of Psychology. Daniel T. Willingham earned his PhD from Harvard University and has authored numerous books related to education and psychology. These include Cognition: The Thinking Animal (2001) and Raising Kids Who Read (2015).

 

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Why Don’t Students Like School?

A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom

By Daniel T. Willingham
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Why Don’t Students Like School?: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom by Daniel T. Willingham
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Why Don’t Students Like School? (2009) seeks to explain the brain’s most important processes relating to memory, learning and intelligence. A stronger understanding of these mechanisms will enable all educators to train themselves in better teaching methods and result in more engaging and effective educational programs.

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Humans aren’t actually that good at thinking, but we are pretty great at pattern recognition.

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