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How We Think and Learn
Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Implications


  • Date Published: June 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107165113
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  • Written in a conversational and engaging manner, How We Think and Learn introduces readers to basic principles and research findings regarding human cognition and memory. It also highlights and debunks twenty-eight common misconceptions about thinking, learning, and the brain. Interspersed throughout the book are many short do-it-yourself exercises in which readers can observe key principles in their own thinking and learning. All ten chapters end with concrete recommendations - both for readers' own learning and for teaching and working effectively with others. As an accomplished researcher and writer, Jeanne Ellis Ormrod gives us a book that is not only highly informative but also a delight to read.

    • Uses an engaging, conversational, and occasionally humorous style to explain key concepts and principles underlying human cognition, learning, and brain function
    • Provides a comprehensive overview of key topics in the field, such as brain structure and functioning, the nature of working memory and long-term memory, effective learning strategies, metacognition and self-regulation
    • Highlights twenty-eight common misconceptions about thinking, learning, memory and the brain
    • Provides many concrete examples to illustrate key points; some examples are results of research studies, whereas others are the author's personal anecdotes
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    '… complements basic knowledge of cognitive processes with suggestions for application.' Alisha Francis, PsychCRITICS

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    15th Sep 2018 by Tina2408

    this is nice book and i think this book should have to PDF form, thats because if people want to read its goona be easy if that book be a PDF form

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107165113
    • length: 238 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 158 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The general nature of human cognition and learning: probably not quite what you think
    2. The human brain: the hardware of our thinking and learning
    3. Cognition and learning as constructive processes: finding order in chaos
    4. Key components of the human memory system: an overly simplistic yet useful model
    5. In-depth cognitive processing: maximizing the 'long-term' in long-term memory
    6. Remembering, forgetting, and misremembering: why long-term memory isn't always dependable
    7. Metacognition: thinking about thinking
    8. Conceptual change: revising our understandings when revisions are called for
    9. Bringing other factors into the picture: how emotions, dispositions, and attributions affect thinking and learning
    10. Self-regulating our behavior: turning intentions into actions

  • Author

    Jeanne Ellis Ormrod, University of Northern Colorado
    Jeanne Ellis Ormrod received her AB degree in psychology from Brown University, Rhode Island and her MS and PhD degrees in educational psychology from Pennsylvania State University. She was Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) until 1998 and is now Professor Emerita in UNC's School of Psychological Sciences. Although she no longer conducts her own research on learning and cognition, she remains an avid reader of psychological and educational research, stays in touch with many of her professional colleagues around the world, and continues to update her popular college textbooks in human learning, educational psychology, and research methodologies.

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