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Smart Schools

Smart Schools

From Training Memories to Educating Minds

Perkins reveals the common misguided strategies students use and offers teachers and parents advice on how they can help their children.

Although there has been a great deal of impassioned debate over the sad state of American education today, surprisingly little attention has been paid to how children actually learn to think. But, as David Perkins demonstrates, we cannot solve our problems in this area simply by redistributing power or by asking children to regurgitate facts on a multiple choice exam. Rather we must ask what kinds of knowledge students typically acquire in school.

In Smart Schools, Perkins draws on over twenty years of research to reveal the common misguided strategies students use in trying to understand a topic, and then shows teachers and parents what strategies they can use with children to increase real understanding.
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  • Free Press | 
  • 272 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780028740188 | 
  • May 1995
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