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Why Don't Students Like School?


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments to the First Edition xi

Acknowledgments to the Second Edition xiii

The Author xv

Introduction xvii

Chapter 1 Why Don’t Students Like School? 1

Chapter 2 How Can I Teach Students the Skills They Need When Standardized Tests Require Only Facts? 25

Chapter 3 Why Do Students Remember Everything That’s on Television and Forget Everything I Say? 57

Chapter 4 Why Is It So Hard for Students to Understand Abstract Ideas? 95

Chapter 5 Is Drilling Worth It? 119

Chapter 6 What’s the Secret to Getting Students to Think Like Real Scientists, Mathematicians, and Historians? 143

Chapter 7 How Should I Adjust My Teaching for Different Types of Learners? 167

Chapter 8 How Can I Help Slow Learners? 191

Chapter 9 How Can I Know Whether New Technology Will Improve Student Learning? 217

Chapter 10 What About My Mind? 251

Conclusion 273

Glossary 281

Notes 285

Index 291

About the Author

DANIEL T. WILLINGHAM is Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He is the author of several educational books, the columnist for “Ask the Cognitive Scientist” for American Educator, and a fellow of the American Psychological Association. He was appointed in 2017 by President Obama to serve as a Member of the National Board for Education Sciences.

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