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How Learning Happens: Seminal Works in Educational Psychology and What They Mean in Practice

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The layout of How Learning Happens is very clever in that each section builds on the last to help the reader understand the what, the why and the how for each key reading.

There are some “famous” (in the realms of educational psychology at least) academics here: Sweller, Rosenshine, Wiliam and Black; and there are some not so famous, such as Rothkopf and Pintrich. Blinded by age, we can turn to cold rationality, valuing only what we can define and prioritize only what we can measure.When I first saw the table of contents, I was curious how the authors had accomplished to create a coherent book, but once you start reading it the connections become clear. Because of the Doppler effect, the sirens have a higher pitch when they’re coming towards you and a lower one as they drive away. Altamente recomendado para os leitores que se interessam pela ciência dos processos de aprendizagem.

As you acquire skills, you realize that perfection isn’t a summit you reach, but an asymptote you continually strive for.

The format is excellent, presenting the original papers alongside insightful commentary and key practical recommendations; a brilliant idea executed with style! Schools looking to implement professional development on teaching and learning on an evidence-based footing would do well to use it as the foundation of any programme.

However – and this is important – said sceptics should not ignore the scope of the chosen papers, the referencing, and the reasoning behind their choice.This leaves space for teachers to gain an appropriate understanding of the theories behind their practice and proper measures for their effective teaching. Kirschner and Hendrick bring together 28 of these works and their most important discoveries, as independently verified in the wider scientific community. If there’s anything I’ve learned by writing on the Internet, it’s that small tweaks in the way an idea is packaged can have an exponential impact on how much it resonates.

This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). However, there is a reflex-like tendency to reject new evidence or knowledge because it contradicts established norms, beliefs, or paradigms, which some scholars have critiqued as rooted in the scientific management and neo-managerial norms that seek to disseminate knowledge in formalized, routine, and procedural ways that lack appropriate grounding in the science of learning ( Myran and Sutherland, 2019). It’s no surprise that one of the most popular videos about him on YouTube has the words “fun” and “imagine” in the title. Well, as Kirschner and Hendrick explain, the misapplication of educational theory is unfortunately prevalent: one only has to think of Bloom’s Taxonomy and Multiple Intelligences as cases in point.

Since the school system operates at scale, it tends to squash things that are hard to predict, even if they reflect a student’s unique interest. The assumption might be that children are digital natives and they have super typing skills, but this "deady sin" hypothesis is dealt with on pages 298-99. So, here I am now, sitting in my living room: laptop on my lap, book by my side, and ready to do this. Each key text is supported with a section on classroom implications and key take homes for educators.

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