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Applying Cognitive Science to Education


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In this book, Frederick Reif has created a rich and practical synthesis of knowledge about thinking, with fascinating examples and implications for teaching. Like much of his earlier work, this is a 'must read' both for serious educational scholars and for anyone interested in learning how to teach science and math more effectively. -- Edward F. Redish, University of Maryland This book offers a comprehensive framework for reasoning systematically about the complex issues of thinking, learning, and teaching. Through thought-provoking examples, Reif illustrates how this framework can be applied in science and math education, in engineering education, in reading, and even in everyday performance. This is a significant contribution toward bridging the gap between learning and teaching, a problem that challenges educators all over the world. -- Bat-Sheva Eylon, Department of Science Teaching, Weizmann Institute of Science This book provides a wonderful overview and introduction to the important role that cognitive science can play in improving science education generally and physics education specifically. It would be extremely useful for all physics professors and teachers, and could be used as a text for physics education research courses for physics graduate students. -- Alan Van Heuvelen, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rutgers University

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Frederick Reif is Emeritus Professor of Physics and Education at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California, Berkeley.


Challenging. Illuminating. Rewarding. A masterpiece of organization and clarity... a privilege to read.

-American Biology Teacher

An excellent example of the contributions that scientists, provided they are willing to cross some disciplinary boundaries, can make to solving important real-life problems.... a veritable gold mine for all those who teach physics or mathematics at high-school or college level. They will find introductory questions for activating students' prior knowledge about standard curricular content as well as stimulating ideas for engaging students in meaningful activities, e.g., through reciprocal teaching or written self-explanations. However, the book's merits go far beyond practical advice. A broad range of academics will find Applying Cognitive Science to Education intellectually stimulating.


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