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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 Paperback – 9 April 2010

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Praise for Why Don't Students Like School?

"Mr. Willingham's answers apply just as well outside the classroom. Corporate trainers, marketers and, not least, parents--anyone who cares about how we learn--should find his book valuable reading."
--Wall Street Journal

"Just like his Ask the Cognitive Scientist column, Dan Willingham's book makes fascinating but complicated research from cognitive science accessible to teachers. It is jam packed with ideas that teachers will find both intellectually rich and useful in their classroom work."
--Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers

"This readable, practical book by a distinguished cognitive scientist explains the universal roots of effective teaching and learning. With great wit and authority it practices the principles it preaches! It is the best teachers' guide I know of--a classic that belongs in the book bag of every teacher from preschool to grad school."
--E. D. Hirsch, Jr., university professor emeritus, University of Virginia

"Dan Willingham, rare among cognitive scientists for also being a wonderful writer, has produced a book about learning in school that reads like a trip through a wild and thrilling new country. For teachers and parents, even students, there are surprises on every page. Did you know, for instance, that our brains are not really made for thinking?"
--Jay Mathews, education columnist, The Washington Post

"Educators will love this wonderful book--in clear and compelling language, Willingham shows how the most important discoveries from the cognitive revolution can be used to improve teaching and inspire students in the classroom."
--John Gabrieli, Grover Hermann Professor of Health Sciences, Technology, and Cognitive Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Scientists know so much more than we knew thirty years ago about how children learn. This book offers you the research, and the arguments, that will help you become a more effective teacher."
--Joe Riener, English teacher, Wilson High School, Washington, D.C.

Why Don't Students Like School? now comes with online discussion questions. Go to www.josseybass.com/go/willingham.

About the Author

Daniel T. Willingham is professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1992. He writes the popular Ask the Cognitive Scientist column for American Educator magazine.

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