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Making Learning Whole: How Seven Principles of Teaching Can Transform Education

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New in Paperback! Make learning more meaningful by teaching the "whole game" David Perkins, a noted authority on teaching and learning and co-director of Harvard's Project Zero, introduces a practical and research-based framework for teaching. He describes how teaching any subject at any level can be made more effective if students are introduced to the "whole game," rathe ...more
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by Jossey-Bass
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Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was recommended by one of my colleagues from the Center for Teaching and Learning. I really didn't know what I was in for...I was just attracted by the title. I appreciated the author's paradigm shifting metaphor for learning. He suggests that our approach to instruction should be more like teaching baseball. Instead of dissecting learning into isolated facts and skills, we need to start by exposing students to the "whole game". In the health professions, this may mean exposing them to pati ...more
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harvard professor David Perkins writes an engaging and unpretentious book of educational theory based, of all things, on a baseball game. That is, he uses seven principles that work for both baseball and teaching, further breaking the principles down into more detailed theories. The seven are:

1. Play the Whole Game
2. Make the Game Worth Playing
3. Work on the Hard Parts
4. Play Out of Town
5. Uncover the Hidden Game
6. Learn from the Team
7. Learn the Game of Learning

Each principle gets its own chapt
Fawn Georgina
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This book proposes some useful principles of effective teaching and learning, but it certainly doesn't share anything new and groundbreaking. It is often said that in education, seemingly new initiatives are really just old best practices repackaged with a new fancy title. The seven principles in this book are indeed second nature to truly good teaching. But that being said, it is nearly impossible to do them all at once and to get it right.

Perkins' writing also gets side tracked throughout his
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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David Perkins lays out a comprehensive framework for learning theory wrapped around the metaphor of "playing the whole game." Drawing upon research across the range of education, psychology, and learning theories, Perkins makes the convincing argument that to learn anything deeply people need to engage in seven core principles.

Using the "whole game" metaphor, the seven principles are: 1. Play the Whole Game (engage in an authentic full version of the content or skills that you want to learn),
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great introduction to teaching for meaningful learning. The basic framework feels simple but also full of possibilities and nuance.

Really appreciated the emphasis on teaching only what really matters and the specific criteria the author proposes for that - "disciplinary significance", "societal significance", "personal significance" (for learners & teacher), and "charisma". His criteria for charisma are, "Are the ideas magnetic, alluring, arresting?".

I'm thinking about how to integrate this fr
Jonathan Cassie
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There's so much in this book to motivate and inspire students of education. Whether you are an education administrator, a teacher, parent or student, Perkins offers in this book highly salient ways of thinking about thinking and learning about knowledge that should inform schools and education practice throughout the country. Chapter 5 "Uncover the Hidden Game" should be required reading for anyone with an interest in schools. Start there. ...more
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Interesting ideas about making learning more natural. Takes ideas from how we learn in informal/non-school settings and tries to see how we could apply those ideas to school learning for more engagement and understanding. Great applications in non-school settings too. I've got some ideas to try out in my classroom next fall and know I will find more when I re-read it at some point... ...more
Mar 19, 2010 rated it liked it
I read this with other colleagues at work. Most of the instructors do not have formal training in teaching so this may be useful -- a sort of "crash course" MAT... I didn't think it was that wonderful, but certainly the ideas in it are sound. ...more
Amy Scheck
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book models what it is trying to teach in the best way! The best advice for teachers comes at the end- "skim" and use what works for you. I will definitely integrate some key ideas from the book into my practice. ...more
Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Good - a little long winded (read: not very entertaining) when many of the concepts could been clearly made with an example or two and then move on. Some good points here that are always worth revisiting for all educators. My favorite: play out of town.
Mary Lee
Thinking about his ideas, layered on my beliefs and practices re: reading/writing workshop, layered on TEACHING WITH POVERTY IN MIND.
Jan 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Even though I'm only to chapter 2, I can tell that this will be one of my most referenced books as I work with educators. More later after I've read more. ...more
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book has been helpful not only for classroom use but in any teaching situation, especially parenting.
Chris Heim
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
I felt this book was long on ideas that are not as profound as the author would have you believe, and too often vacillating as to whether to be an easily accessible read or a textbook.
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David Perkins is a founding member of Harvard Project Zero, a basic research project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education investigating human symbolic capacities and their development. For many years, he served as co-director, and is now senior co-director and a member of the steering committee. Perkins conducts research on creativity in the arts and sciences, informal reasoning, problem so ...more

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