Teaching Minds: How Cognitive Science Can Save Our Schools

Teaching Minds: How Cognitive Science Can Save Our Schools

by Roger Schank
     
 

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“Professor Roger Schank has long been one of the world’s most innovative thinkers about education. This book is the culmination of his lifetime of thinking about teaching and learning. Although I’ve known Roger for over 20 years, I’ve learned a lot from this book and I know that you will too.”
Ray Bareiss,

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“Professor Roger Schank has long been one of the world’s most innovative thinkers about education. This book is the culmination of his lifetime of thinking about teaching and learning. Although I’ve known Roger for over 20 years, I’ve learned a lot from this book and I know that you will too.”
Ray Bareiss, Professor and Director of Educational Programs, Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley

“Finally, some fresh thinking about teaching and learning. You will come away understanding what’s wrong with how we teach today and what an effective pedagogy looks like. If you care about education, you will love love love this book!”

Elliot Soloway, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, University of Michigan

“Roger’s insights tend to be a decade or two ahead of the insights of others. You can find his insights in current machine translation technologies, recommender systems, game-based learning environments, and even intelligence-gathering systems. The insights in this book are likely to be equally prescient and enduring.”
Janet L. Kolodner, Regents' Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology


“Roger Schank shows that we can learn more by concrete challenge and disagreement than through disinterested lectures and gingerly-put abstractions.”
Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law and Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University

From grade school to graduate school, from the poorest public institutions to the most affluent private ones, our educational system is failing students. In his provocative new book, cognitive scientist and bestselling author Roger Schank argues that class size, lack of parental involvement, and other commonly-cited factors have nothing to do with why students are not learning. The culprit is a system of subject-based instruction and the solution is cognitive-based learning. This groundbreaking book defines what it would mean to teach thinking. The time is now for schools to start teaching minds!

Roger Schank was the founder of the renowned Institute for the Learning Sciences at Northwestern University, where he is John P. Evans Professor Emeritus in Computer Science, Education, and Psychology.

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Library Journal
"Why do we still have schools?" This is one of the questions Schank (founder, Inst. for the Learning Sciences, Northwestern Univ.) asks his readers to contemplate. He argues that the traditional subject-based curriculum, with its emphasis on the memorization of facts and "learning by listening," fails to engage students and to prepare them for real life. He calls for a completely remodeled education system in which all curricula are project based ("learn by doing"), designed around real-world professions that will be of interest to students, and delivered online with the day-to-day support of teachers trained as mentors. Despite the radical nature of his suggested reform (not even Schank seems confident in the likelihood of its becoming reality), his conversational style and well-reasoned argument is convincing. VERDICT Schank has spent his career looking for better ways to help his students succeed, and it shows here. His book is a breath of fresh air in the educational reform debate. Of interest to educators, students, and parents alike who are frustrated with the schooling status quo.—Sara Holder, McGill Univ. Lib., Montreal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807770900
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
03/11/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,173,137
File size:
515 KB

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