Classroom Lessons

Integrating Cognitive Theory and Classroom Practice
Edited by Kate McGilly

A timely complement to John Bruer's Schools for Thought, Classroom Lessons documents eight projects that apply cognitive research to improve classroom practice. The chapter authors are all principal investigators in an influential research initiative on cognitive science and education. Classroom Lessons describes their collaborations with classroom teachers aimed at improving teaching and learning for students in grades K-12. The eight projects cover writing, mathematics, history, social science, and physics. Together they illustrate that principles emerging from cognitive science form the basis of a science of instruction that can be applied across the curriculum.

The book is divided into three sections: applications of cognitive research to teaching specific content areas; applications for learning across the curriculum; and applications that challenge traditional concepts of classroom-based learning environments.

Chapters consider explicit models of knowledge with corresponding instruction designed to enable learners to build on that knowledge, acquisition of specified knowledge, and what knowledge is useful in contemporary curricula.

Kate McGilly. Sharon A. Griffin, Robbie Case, and Robert S. Siegler. Earl Hunt and Jim Minstrell. Kathryn T. Spoehr. Howard Gardner, Mara Krechevsky, Robert J. Sternberg, and Lynn Okagaki. Irene W. Gaskins. The Cognition and Technology Group at Vanderbilt. Marlene Scardamalia, Carl Bereiter, and Mary Lamon. Ann L. Brown and Joseph C. Campione. John T. Bruer.

A Bradford Book

Table of Contents

  1. Contributors
  2. Foreword

    Jill H. Larkin

  3. Preface
  4. 1. Cognitive Science and Educational Practice: An Introduction

    Kate McGilly

  5. 2. Rightstart: Providing the Central Conceptual Prerequisites for First Formal Learning of Arithmetic to Students at Risk for School Failure

    Sharon A. Griffin, Robbie Case and Robert S. Siegler

  6. 3. A Cognitive Approach to the Teaching of Physics

    Earl Hunt and Jim Minstrell

  7. 4. Enhancing the Acquisition of Conceptual Structures through Hypermedia

    Kathryn T. Spoehr

  8. 5. Intelligence in Context: Enhancing Students' Practical Intelligence for School

    Howard Gadner, Mara Krechevsky, Robert J. Sternberg and Lynn Okagaki

  9. 6. Classroom Applications of Cognitive Science: Teaching Poor Readers How to Learn, Think, and Problem Solve

    Irene W. Gaskins

  10. 7. From Visual Word Problems to Learning Communities: Changing Conceptions of Cognitive Research

    The Cognition and Technology Group at Vanderbilt

  11. 8. The CSILE Project: Trying to Bring the Classroom into World 3

    Marlene Scardamalia, Car Bereiter and Mary Lamon

  12. 9. Guided Discovery in a Community of Learners

    Ann L. Brown and Joseph C. Campione

  13. 10. Classroom Problems, School Culture, and Cognitive Research

    John T. Bruer

  14. References
  15. Index