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How People and Students Learn

Of course, our section is devoted to addressing the largely social and emotional factors that affect students’ academics. Nonetheless, I don’t think it’s too far afield to include some very high quality, additional resources about the cognitive aspects of learning.

The National Academies Press series on “How People and Students Learn” is slightly dated, but still excellent both in the quality of evidence backing their recommendations and the easily-implemented examples they give.

The overall recommendations are sumamrized in How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School. As long as you follow their reasonable guidelines, the entire book is accessible through this widget:

The recommendations therein are further developped for various subject areas through these books:

How Students Learn:
History in the Classroom

How Students Learn:
Mathematics in the Classroom

How Students Learn:
Science in the Classroom

The Whole Schmozzle
How Students Learn:
History, Mathematics, and Science in the Classroom


Engaging Schools: Fostering High School Students’ Motivation to Learn

The Science of Adolescent Risk-Taking: Workshop Report

High School Dropout, Graduation, and Completion Rates: Better Data, Better Measures, Better Decisions