Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Book on the Neurobiology of Learning

New discoveries on how the brain works is a major impetus behind changes in educational theory.  I have mentioned several books on the neurobiology of learning before.  Here is another one:

Applying the Science of Learning by Richard E. Mayer.

For students studying education or psychology, for teachers or prospective teachers, and for instructional designers or instructors.


A concrete guide to the science of learning, instruction, and assessment written in a friendly tone and presented in a dynamic format.


The underlying premise of Applying the Science of Learning is that educators can better help students learn if they understand the processes through which student learning takes place. In this clear and concise first edition text, educational psychology scholar Richard Mayer teaches readers how to apply the science of learning through understanding the reciprocal relationships between learning, instruction, and assessment.


Utilizing the significant advances in scientific learning research over the last 25 years, this introductory text identifies the features of science of learning that are most relevant to education, explores the possible prescriptions of these findings for instructional methods, and highlights the essentials of evaluating instructional effectiveness through assessment. Applying the Science of Learning is also presented in an easy-to-read modular design and with a conversational tone — making it particularly student-friendly, whether it is being used as a supplement to a core textbook or as a standalone course textbook.

  • A concise and concentrated view of the field that covers the foundational ideas in learning, instruction, and assessment without overwhelming students or wasting words.
  • A modular, multimedia approach organizes course material into two-page units with specific objectives, helpful graphics, and a welcoming design that helps readers organize and understand each concept.
  • An emphasis on clear writing and concrete ideas makes learning easier for readers, especially by providing vocabulary definitions and specific examples.
  • A personal and friendly tone instead of a formal, academic style make this book easier and more enjoyable to read. While few academic references clutter the text, key references and suggested readings are provided at the end of each section.

(Scott Fruehwald)

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