Have you ever asked a teacher how students learn? You should. The results will be quite interesting. Depending on a teacher’s school of philosophy and training, the responses you will get will be as wide as they are deep and as simple as they will be multifaceted. As CHIE’s mantra says, “education is a complex process.”
There are thousands of books on learning, so finding time to read them all is a challenge most of us will not complete. Finding the right one or two to consume is equally challenging. So, if you have an interest in better understanding how we learn, may I recommend The National Academies Press open book How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School: Expanded Edition (2000). You can purchase a hard copy, read it online, or download a free PDF. You can also easily, and for free, join NAP and receive full access to their extensive library. How People Learn is a good resource for personal understanding as well as research.
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