Why Don’t Students Like School?: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom 1

What’s in it for me? Enhance your power to educate using psychology and brain science.

It’s the morning wail heard throughout the world: “But I don’t want to go to school!” It’s a common complaint, because, ultimately, education systems have failed children and young adults. We’re not talking about a need for exam reform or syllabus change here, but something much more fundamental.

In these blinks you’ll see that education has fallen short because, quite simply, teaching methods and course content have been based on an inadequate understanding of the human brain.
These blinks explore the processes involved in memory acquisition and learning, as well as looking at how we’ve misunderstood intelligence.

If you’re a parent or an educator of any sort, then these blinks will show you how this scientific knowledge can be applied in practice to make better learners. And it’s not just about improving young lives – there are new teaching methodologies to get to grips with: even teachers don’t stop learning!

In these blinks you’ll learn
• why your brain doesn’t like thinking;
• how many IQ points the average Dutch military draftee jumped in a 30-year period; and • why you don’t need a fancy smartboard for better teaching.

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