The Book

The Architecture of Learning: Designing Instruction for the Learning Brain
Kevin D. Washburn, Ed.D.

 

Paperback 9780984345908 | January 21, 2010 | $18.95 retail
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Kindle ebook 9780984345915 | February 4, 2011 | $9.95
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SUMMARY

Written for teachers, educational leaders, and instructional designers, The Architecture of Learning: Designing Instruction for the Learning Brain uses applied research from neuroscience and cognitive psychology to explain how the brain constructs new learning: sorting and labeling new data, comparing it with prior experience, and using resulting understandings to interact with the environment. The Architecture of Learning introduces a series of blueprints to strategically guide instructional planning. The resulting instruction capitalizes on the brain’s penchant for patterns, helping students recognize a reference point to construct new understanding and equipping them to apply new learning in the “real world.” Topics include:

• Understanding how students learn
• Building blocks of learning
• Subject matter types and focus processes of learning
• Aligning learning, teaching, and assessment
• Critical and creative thinking in teaching and learning
• Evaluating and revising instruction