Recommended Books


Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning by Pooja K. Agarwal and Patrice M. Bain

Written by a cognitive scientist and a veteran K-12 teacher, this book presents cognitive science research, evidence-based recommendations, and practical strategies for the classroom. The authors include lesson plans and reflections from teachers throughout the book.

 

Understanding How We Learn: A Visual Guide by Yana Weinstein, Megan Sumeracki, and Oliver Caviglioli

Written by two cognitive scientists and visual designer, this book presents research about how learning works, evidence-based strategies, and integrated visuals. Geared toward teachers and parents, the authors include real-life examples and case studies related to strategies including retrieval practice, spacing, and interleaving.

 

Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger, III, and Mark A. McDaniel

Written by a novelist and two cognitive scientists, this book presents key findings from laboratory and classroom research on effective learning strategies. Geared toward a general audience, the authors include real-life examples for strategy and research-based tips for boosting learning and memory.

(Check out our free downloadable resources for Make it Stick book clubs!)

 

Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James M. Lang

Written by a professor of English, this book presents an approach to improving learning through small, but powerful modifications to course design and teaching practices. Geared toward faculty in higher education, the author provides practical tips for implementing effective learning strategies in classroom settings.

 

Why Don't Students Like School? by Daniel T. Willingham

Written by a cognitive scientist, this book presents concise research-based explanations and strategies to address common concerns about student learning and behavior. Geared toward K-12 teachers and parents, the author provides nine principles from cognitive science that are applicable in a variety of classroom situations.

 

Love to Teach: Research and Resources for Every Classroom by Kate Jones

Written by a teacher and blogger, this book draws on research from cognitive science and makes it actionable. Geared toward K-12 teachers, the author provides practical evidence-based strategies that can easily be applied in diverse classrooms.

 

Psychology in the Classroom: A Teacher’s Guide to What Works by Marc Smith and Jonathan Firth

Written by a psychologist and a teacher, this book presents key principles from the field of psychology. Geared toward classroom teachers, the authors discuss commonly misunderstood concepts about human behavior and offer advice for making research-based classroom decisions.

 

Neuroteach: Brain Science and the Future of Education by Glenn Whitman and Ian Kelleher

Written by the director and head of research at the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, this book presents teachers with key principles from the interdisciplinary field of mind, brain, and education. Geared toward K-12 teachers, the authors provide practical guidance for classroom design and activities.

 

Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School by Ulrich Boser

Written by a journalist, this book presents an integrated approach to the science of learning and memory. Geared toward a general audience, key principles from cognitive science are explored from a variety of perspectives and everyday settings.

 

How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens by Benedict Carey

Written by a journalist, this book presents an engaging introduction to the science of memory. Geared toward a general audience, the author summarizes landmark research findings from cognitive science and he includes a chapter specific to retrieval practice.

 

Recommended Reports & e-Books


The Science of Learning by Deans for Impact (2015)

Written by member deans, a cognitive scientist, and a former K-12 teacher, this 10-page guide describes learning principles based on cognitive science research, as well as practical implications for the classroom.

 

Applying Science of Learning in Education: Infusing Psychological Science into the Curriculum, supported by the American Psychological Association (2014)

Written by cognitive scientists, this comprehensive e-book presents core principles, theories, research findings, and classroom applications based on the science of learning.

 

Integrating Cognitive Science with Innovative Teaching in STEM Disciplines, edited by Mark A. McDaniel and colleagues, supported by the James S. McDonnell Foundation (2014)

This e-book was developed as part of a conference that brought together researchers from STEM fields and cognitive science in order to synthesize the current state of knowledge on STEM learning and education.

 

Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning by Hal Pashler and colleagues, supported by the Institute of Education Sciences (2007)

Written by cognitive scientists and a K-12 teacher, this comprehensive guide includes recommendations about evidence-based cognitive strategies to improve learning.