When Can You Trust the Experts? How to Tell Good Science from Bad in Education

ISBN-10: 1118130278

ISBN-13: 9781118130278

Edition: 2012

Authors: Daniel T. Willingham

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An original examination of our educational systems based on cognitive scienceDaniel T. Willingham unravels some of the "common wisdom" of school reform and reveals that it′s often the system that stifles adult learning, motivation, and productivity. The book describes the status of American education (what students know), what actually happens in classrooms, and includes a thoughtful analysis of the underpinnings of the system. While many of the problems discussed are well–known, Willingham′s insights and recommendations are refreshingly original. The book contains innovative solutions that can be enacted at the individual as well as the systemic level.Follow–up to Willingham′s bestselling Why Don′t Students Like School?Shows the constraints under which individuals in the educational system operate and how the workings of cognitive science shape the way they do their jobsDescribes a new approach to education reform, rooted in solid principlesIncludes concrete suggestions for changes that might be implemented immediately by anyone doing the jobDan Willingham writes a regular column called Ask the Cognitive Scientist for American Educator.
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 8/14/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

About the Author
Introduction: What Are You to Believe?
Why We So Easily Believe Bad Science
Why Smart People Believe Dumb Things
Science and Belief: A Nervous Romance
What Scientists Call Good Science
How to Use Science
The Shortcut Solution
Step One: Strip It and Flip It
Step Two: Trace It
Step Three: Analyze It
Step Four: Should I Do It?
Name Index
Subject Index
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