Each year, teachers, administrators, and parents face a barrageof new education software, games, workbooks, and professionaldevelopment programs purporting to be "based on the latestresearch." While some of these products are rooted in solidscience, the research behind many others is grossly exaggerated.This new book, written by a top thought leader, helps everydayteachers, administrators, and family members—who don't haveyears of statistics courses under their belts—separate thewheat from the chaff and determine which new educational approachesare scientifically supported and worth adopting.
- Author's first book, Why Don't Students Like School?,catapulted him to superstar status in the field of education
- Willingham's work has been hailed as "brilliant analysis" byThe Wall Street Journal and "a triumph" by The WashingtonPost
- Author blogs for The Washington Post and Brittanica.com,and writes a column for American Educator
In this insightful book, thought leader and bestselling authorDan Willingham offers an easy, reliable way to discern whichprograms are scientifically supported and which are the equivalentof "educational snake oil."
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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.
Table of Contents
About the Author xi
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
Name Index 237
Subject Index 243