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How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  733 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Expanded to show how the theories and insights from the original hardcover edition can be translated into actions and practice, readers can now make valuable connections between classroom activities and learning behavior. This book offers exciting -- and useful -- information about the mind and the brain that provides some answers on how people actually learn.
Paperback, Expanded, 384 pages
Published September 11th 2000 by National Academies Press (first published October 1st 1998)
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Jyllian Martini
Jul 07, 2009 rated it did not like it
There has GOT to be a less dry and tedious book for metacognition and research based teaching principles. Somewhere, please!
Oct 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: education
I should really give this four stars, but the first two or three chapters of this book are written in unreadable, clumsy jargon, so I'm being punitive. However, once it gets into reports and explanations of actual research and how the insights of this research apply to real learners, the book becomes fascinating and I forgot about the heavy prose. Still, for a book that touts itself as "teacher friendly" I'm thinking a thoughtful editor could have made this a less painful read. So let's say I wo ...more
Tony Petrosino
Apr 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps the single best volume of what we know scientifically about how we learn. Science now offers new conceptions of the learning process and the development of competent performance. Recent research provides a deep understanding of complex reasoning and performance on problem-solving tasks and how skill and understanding in key subjects are acquired. This book presents a contemporary account of principles of learning, and this summary provides an overview of the new science of learning.
Mar 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Ran across this cited in the Partnership for 21st Century Skills' white paper. Wish more actual educators and policy-makers were more aware of advances in the cognitive science of human learning. Science knows a lot more about learning nowadays than it did back when we put cats into boxes... I think the book is actually the report of a study funded by a federal grant. Unfortunately the writing has an institutional quality, but it clarifies many concepts you might run across if you're trying to r ...more
Jun 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book first ignited my interest in figuring out how people learn. I continue to teach proceeding on the theories outlined in this book; namely, by understanding how people learn, I've become better equipped at what to teach and, perhaps even more importantly, why to teach a particular concept, principle, or idea. ...more
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
I didn't read the whole thing, just the parts that were assigned in my pedagogy class. UM, DRY AS STALE TOAST. I realize that someone reading the primary literature of my own field (not education) would also find it dry, but this was specifically designated for a wider audience I dunno. ...more
Mark Feltskog
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This really is the bible for teachers. It says very bad things about the graduate program in education I attended (it was part of the New York City Teaching Fellowship's alternative teaching certification route) that it never exposed me to this book. ...more
Marko Zanev
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really like this book. It actually explains how the research has evolved. An old book, but definitely show what we still need to change in our educational system.
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Much better as a skim than a full read. Will be useful to revisit when I want to pull things out. Could get the gist through the conclusion sections and bulletpoints provided.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, textbook
Solid overview of learning theories and the state of education. Only deficiency is the dated material.
Let's be honest - I did not read this cover to cover. But I'd say I read enough of it to consider it read. ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it
A very acceptable overview of psychology, teaching strategies, and how people learn. Nothing riveting, it leans more toward the theoretical than practical. A good reference text for educators.
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: education
Excellent text on learning theory. Takes a mostly Constructivist view. A bit much for my Ed Psych course, but is well written.
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the reviews here stated that this book was a "dry read" but I disagree; this book offered research that backed up most theories on learning at various stages and under several conditions. I loved it because it seemed to me to be so relatable and even though it is kind of an older book, its theories, like those of Dewey, Vygotsky, Foucault, Bakhtin, and Piaget, are still relevant.
If I had to compare, I'd say that a textbook on Research, or Mixed Methods Research by Creswell is a more dry r
Elizabeth Drake
Every teacher and school administrator should read one of the books in this series. Easy to follow and packed full of important insights based on research. The ideas are not all new anymore, but everything is science-based.

Some of the major points that I took away:

The importance of understanding that students do not arrive in school as blank slates, but, instead, already have ideas about the world and how things work. Teachers need to address the prior knowledge that students bring to the class
Ammar Elmerhbi
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
How People Learn is a fascinating book on the application of cognitive Science findings in practical teaching and learning. Whether you are a seasoned teacher or a novice, you need to read this book. Some teachers might find some terminologies hard to interpret, but it is worth the time and effort. Teachers need to reflect on their current Teaching practice whilst reading the book to maximize the benefit. The book however might have fallen short in interpreting new Theories of learning, but sinc ...more
Barbara Lovejoy
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Quite a number of months ago my friend, Elaine Logan, recommended this book on Facebook. Even though I was intrigued by the content, it took be another number of months to buy it. Then after buying it, I still took a number of months to read it. I'm so glad I finally read it! It is an excellent book that every educator should read. It will have an impact on what we do at Esperanza. ...more
Mar 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Contained a lot of stuff that I'd already picked up from other pedagogy reading. Very theoretical. Some of the most memorable parts were about the differences in how parents from different American subcultures interact with their kids and how that leads to some kids being perceived as dumb or unintelligent in school because they don't respond to questions in a particular way. ...more
Victor Delclos
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is classic. Even after 15 years it still captures the essence of the thinking that drives much of progressive educational thought today. Research-based, very well written, and very accessible. Anyone who wants a clear perspective on what we would be doing in education should read this.
Jul 27, 2007 added it
a good dose of neuroscience and cognitive psychology. its implications for teaching are valuable.
Mar 13, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Ruth and Nora
We are reading this at school for CTE discussions. Chapter two compares experts and beginners learning processes. It has been on my to-read list for a long time ... wish i had picked it up earlier.
May 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: education
written by a research committee....
Rebecca Emily
Oct 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
I'd been meaning to get to this one for a while and luckily it was assigned. Some great suggestions on connecting scientific research on learning to classroom practice. ...more
Nov 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
So much! This was for a class on brain-based learning. Fascinating stuff!
Jul 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Essentially, a classic must read for all teachers! Beautiful, beautiful, work.
Jan 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
There is a lot of good information in this book, but as it was written by a committee it definitely lack a personal touch to it.
Jul 03, 2010 added it
Cognitive research . . . meta cognition . . . good stuff.
Feb 10, 2011 marked it as interesting-possibilities
Recommended to Cheryl by: Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire
Shelves: in-epcc-library
Recommended by Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire in the Innovative Educator webinar (Teach students how to learn: Metacognition is the Key!)
May 10, 2011 added it

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