Schools for Thought

A Science of Learning in the Classroom

Schools for Thought provides a straightforward, general introduction to cognitive research and illustrates its importance for educational change. Using classroom examples, John Bruer shows how applying cognitive research can dramatically improve students' transitions from lower-level rote skills to advanced proficiency in reading, writing, mathematics, and science.

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgements
  2. 1. Applying What We Know in Our Schools: A New Theory of Learning
  3. 2. The Science of Mind: Analyzing Tasks, Behaviors, and Representations
  4. 3. Intelligent Novices: Knowing How to Learn
  5. 4. Mathematics: Making It Meaningful
  6. 5. Science: Inside the Black Box
  7. 6. Reading: Seeing the Big Picture
  8. 7. Writing: Transforming Knowledge
  9. 8. Testing, Trying, and Teaching
  10. 9. Changing Our Representations: Thinking of Education in New Ways
  11. Notes
  12. Bibliography
  13. Index