Smart Schools: From Training Memories to Educating Minds

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Free Press, 1992 - Education - 262 pages
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The past twenty years have seen breakthroughs from cognitive scientists investigating thinking and learning as well as school anthropologists probing the culture of classrooms, schools, and their community contexts; but these valuable insights have yet to be applied to public education on a broad scale. Smart Schools is the first book to show how these pathbreaking findings can he effectively used within the classroom. Although there has been much debate over the sad state of American education today, and a variety of solutions have been offered ranging from school choice to national testing, surprisingly little attention has been paid to how children actually learn to think. As Perking persuasively demonstrates, we cannot solve our education problems by simply redistributing power or by asking children to regurgitate facts on a multiple choice exam; rather we must look at the kinds of knowledge students typically acquire in school. As his own and others' research indicates, students from first grade on through college often have only the most fragile and superficial kind of knowledge even after considerable instruction in a subject. He shows where students typically make mistakes by examining the kinds of misguided strategies they use in trying to understand a topic. He also shows why traditional teaching approaches often result in the students' limited grasp of a subject. Perking then introduces an impressive array of methods that have been shown to dramatically increase a student's understanding. His is a workable, practical model for change. Parents, teachers, principals, and members of school boards, as well as all those concerned about the state of education in our nation today, will find Smart Schools indispensable reading that offers systematic methods to help students to think and perform more effectively.

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Perkins, best known for his work in cognitive development ( The Mind's Best Work , LJ 11/1/81. o.p.), does not believe that inner-city poverty and social problems constitute the essence of the ... Read full review

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THE ALARM BELLS
19
Theory One and Beyond
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Toward a Pedagogy of Understanding
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