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Engaging Minds: Learning and Teaching in a Complex World involves readers in a stimulating, informative, comprehensive exploration of teaching and learning. It prompts examinations of the complexities of learning, pedagogy, and schooling while refusing simplistic notions or unresolvable tensions that sometimes infuse popular debates. A variety of sophisticated, interactive pedagogical features and graphic displays draw readers into new ways of thinking about and responding to the ideas and information presented. Topics include:
• the biological and social roots of perception;
• historical and contemporary perspectives on learning;
• emergent understandings of intelligence, creativity, and diversity;
• complexities and contingencies of self concept; and
• technology, its impact on cognition, and its place in schooling.
In addition to conceptual reviews of these topics, the text provides elaborated descriptions of many specific teaching events, in different subject areas and at all age levels, followed by interpretations which include suggestions for teachers.
Written by authors with over 60 years collective experience as teachers at all levels of formal education, Engaging Minds offers fresh and insightful perspectives on topics such as lesson planning, classroom management, assessment and evaluation, learner diversity, inclusivity, and technology. It will be of interest to undergraduate students in teacher education, experienced teachers, and graduate students. This is an ideal text for courses in curriculum and instruction, curriculum and learning theory, social foundations of education, human development, or an excellent companion volume for any subject-specific teaching methods course.
Contents: Part I:Learning and Teaching Frames. Knowing Looks. Seeing Pictures. Framing Aims. Part II:Learning and Teaching Structures. Learning Theories. Working Stories. Structuring Acts. Part III:Learning and Teaching Occasions. Discerning Abilities. Organizing Shapes. Minding Occasions. Part IV:Learning and Teaching Forms. Inventing Subjects. Creating Identities. Learning Forms. Part V:Learning and Teaching Lives. Reading Bodies. Imagining Worlds. Living Practices.