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. Geared towards teachers, 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. The authors include real-life examples and case studies related to strategies including retrieval practice, spacing, interleaving, and feedback.)

Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger, III, and Mark A. McDaniel. (Written by a novelist, as well as two cognitive scientists, this book presents recent findings from laboratory and classroom research on effective learning strategies. Geared toward a general audience, the authors include anecdotes about each learning strategy and they discuss practical tips for retrieval practice throughout the book.

Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James M. Lang. (Written by a professor of English who specializes in teaching in higher education, this book presents an approach to "small teaching" or improving learning through small but powerful modifications to course design and teaching practices. Geared toward faculty, the author provides practical tips on implementing effective learning strategies in classroom settings, including retrieval practice.

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 reliable principles from cognitive science that are applicable in a variety of classroom situations.)  

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, including retrieval practice, 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. (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, funded by the American Psychological Association. (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, funded by the James S. McDonnell Foundation. (This e-book was developed as part of a conference that brought together researchers from STEM fields and researchers from 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, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences. (Written by cognitive scientists and a K-12 teacher, this comprehensive guide includes recommendations about evidence-based cognitive strategies to improve learning.)


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