When Can You Trust the Experts: How to Tell Good Science from Bad in Education

When Can You Trust the Experts: How to Tell Good Science from Bad in Education

by Daniel T. Willingham


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ISBN-13: 9781118130278
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 07/24/2012
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 422,784
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Daniel T. Willingham is professor of psychology at the University of Virginia. His bestselling book, Why Don't Students Like School?, was hailed as "a triumph" by The Washington Post and "brilliant analysis" by The Wall Street Journal; it is recommended by scores of education-related magazines and blogs and is published in ten languages. Willingham writes a regular column called "Ask the Cognitive Scientist" for the American Federation of Teachers' magazine, American Educator.

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Table of Contents

About the Author  xi

Acknowledgments xii

Introduction: What Are You to Believe?  1

PART ONE Why We So Easily Believe Bad Science

CHAPTER 1 Why Smart People Believe Dumb Things 31

CHAPTER 2 Science and Belief: A Nervous Romance 57

CHAPTER 3 What Scientists Call Good Science 81

CHAPTER 4 How to Use Science 107

PART TWO The Shortcut Solution

CHAPTER 5 Step One: Strip It and Flip It 135

CHAPTER 6 Step Two: Trace It 167

CHAPTER 7 Step Three: Analyze It 183

CHAPTER 8 Step Four: Should I Do It? 207

Endnotes 223

Name Index 237

Subject Index 243

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