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Pepperdine University School of Law

Friday, July 14, 2017

Weekly Legal Education Roundup

Comment:  Last week I recommended Susan A. Ambrose, How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching (2010) as the best general education book for improving your teaching.

Here are three more books on the same subject:

Duane Shell, The Unified Learning Model: How Motivational, Cognitive, and Neurobiologal Sciences Inform Best Teaching Practices (2010).  Not only does this book include a great deal of information on how to teach, it also presents the cognitive science behind its advice.

Peter C. Brown, Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (2014).  "To most of us, learning something 'the hard way' implies wasted time and effort. Good teaching, we believe, should be creatively tailored to the different learning styles of students and should use strategies that make learning easier. Make It Stick turns fashionable ideas like these on their head. Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners."

Daniel T. Willingham, Why Don’t Students Like School? (2009).  "Easy-to-apply, scientifically-based approaches for engaging students in the classroomCognitive scientist Dan Willingham focuses his acclaimed research on the biological and cognitive basis of learning. His book will help teachers improve their practice by explaining how they and their students think and learn. It reveals-the importance of story, emotion, memory, context, and routine in building knowledge and creating lasting learning experiences."

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