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Daniel T. Willingham

DANIEL T. WILLINGHAM is professor of psychology at the University of Virginia. His bestselling first book, "Why Don't Students Like School?" (Jossey-Bass, 2009), was hailed as "a triumph" by The Washington Post and "brilliant analysis" by The Wall Street Journal, recommended by scores of magazines and blogs, and translated into many languages. His most recent book, "When Can You Trust the Experts?" (Jossey-Bass, 2012), was named recommended reading by Nature and Scientific American and made CHOICE's list of Outstanding Academic Titles for 2013. Willingham writes a regular column called "Ask the Cognitive Scientist" for the American Federation of Teachers' magazine, American Educator, and blogs frequently for RealClearEducation.com. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, and of the Association for Psychological Science.

The Best 8 Books on Daniel T. Willingham

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Why Don't Students Like School?: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom

Easy-to-apply, scientifically-based approaches for engagingstudents in the classroom

Cognitive scientist Dan Willingham focuses his acclaimedresearch on the biological and cognitive basis of learning. Hisbook will help teachers improve their practice by explaining howthey and their students think and learn. It reveals-the importanceof story, emotion, memory, context, and routine in buildingknowledge and creating lasting learning experiences.

  • Nine, easy-to-understand principles with clear applications forthe classroom
  • Includes surprising findings, such as that intelligence ismalleable, and that you cannot develop "thinking skills" withoutfacts
  • How an understanding of the brain's workings can help teachershone their teaching skills

"Mr. Willingham's answers apply just as well outside theclassroom. Corporate trainers, marketers and, not least, parents-anyone who cares about how we learn-should find his book valuablereading."
—Wall Street Journal

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Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do by Daniel T. Willingham (2015-03-09)

Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do by Daniel T. Willingham (2015-03-09)
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Cognition: The Thinking Animal (3rd Edition) 3rd Edition by Willingham, Daniel T. published by Prentice Hall

Cognition: The Thinking Animal (3rd Edition) 3rd Edition by Willingham, Daniel T. published by Prentice Hall
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Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do

How parents and educators can teach kids to love reading in thedigital age

Everyone agrees that reading is important, but kids today tendto lose interest in reading before adolescence. In Raising KidsWho Read, bestselling author and psychology professor Daniel T.Willingham explains this phenomenon and provides practicalsolutions for engendering a love of reading that lasts intoadulthood. Like Willingham's much-lauded previous work, WhyDon't Students Like School?, this new book combinesevidence-based analysis with engaging, insightful recommendationsfor the future. Intellectually rich argumentation is wovenseamlessly with entertaining current cultural references, examples,and steps for taking action to encourage reading.

The three key elements for reading enthusiasm—decoding,comprehension, and motivation—are explained in depth inRaising Kids Who Read. Teachers and parents alike willappreciate the practical orientation toward supporting these threeelements from birth through adolescence. Most books on the topicfocus on early childhood, but Willingham understands that kids'needs change as they grow older, and the science-based approach inRaising Kids Who Read applies to kids of all ages.

  • A practical perspective on teaching reading from bestsellingauthor and K-12 education expert Daniel T. Willingham
  • Research-based, concrete suggestions to aid teachers andparents in promoting reading as a hobby
  • Age-specific tips for developing decoding ability,comprehension, and motivation in kids from birth throughadolescence
  • Information on helping kids with dyslexia and encouragingreading in the digital age

Debunking the myths about reading education, Raising Kids WhoRead will empower you to share the joy of reading with kidsfrom preschool through high school.

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When Can You Trust the Experts?: How to Tell Good Science from Bad in Education

Clear, easy principles to spot what's nonsense and what'sreliable

Each year, teachers, administrators, and parents face a barrageof new education software, games, workbooks, and professionaldevelopment programs purporting to be "based on the latestresearch." While some of these products are rooted in solidscience, the research behind many others is grossly exaggerated.This new book, written by a top thought leader, helps everydayteachers, administrators, and family members—who don't haveyears of statistics courses under their belts—separate thewheat from the chaff and determine which new educational approachesare scientifically supported and worth adopting.

  • Author's first book, Why Don't Students Like School?,catapulted him to superstar status in the field of education
  • Willingham's work has been hailed as "brilliant analysis" byThe Wall Street Journal and "a triumph" by The WashingtonPost
  • Author blogs for The Washington Post and Brittanica.com,and writes a column for American Educator

In this insightful book, thought leader and bestselling authorDan Willingham offers an easy, reliable way to discern whichprograms are scientifically supported and which are the equivalentof "educational snake oil."

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The Reading Mind: A Cognitive Approach to Understanding How the Mind Reads

A Map to the Magic of Reading

Stop for a moment and wonder: what's happening in your brain right now—as you read this paragraph? How much do you know about the innumerable and amazing connections that your mind is making as you, in a flash, make sense of this request? Why does it matter?

The Reading Mind is a brilliant, beautifully crafted, and accessible exploration of arguably life's most important skill: reading. Daniel T. Willingham, the bestselling author of Why Don't Students Like School?, offers a perspective that is rooted in contemporary cognitive research. He deftly describes the incredibly complex and nearly instantaneous series of events that occur from the moment a child sees a single letter to the time they finish reading. The Reading Mind explains the fascinating journey from seeing letters, then words, sentences, and so on, with the author highlighting each step along the way. This resource covers every aspect of reading, starting with two fundamental processes: reading by sight and reading by sound. It also addresses reading comprehension at all levels, from reading for understanding at early levels to inferring deeper meaning from texts and novels in high school. The author also considers the undeniable connection between reading and writing, as well as the important role of motivation as it relates to reading. Finally, as a cutting-edge researcher, Willingham tackles the intersection of our rapidly changing technology and its effects on learning to read and reading.

Every teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach, and school administrator will find this book invaluable. Understanding the fascinating science behind the magic of reading is essential for every educator. Indeed, every "reader" will be captivated by the dynamic but invisible workings of their own minds.

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When Can You Trust the Experts: How to Tell Good Science from Bad in Education by Daniel T. Willingham (2012-07-24)

When Can You Trust the Experts: How to Tell Good Science from Bad in Education by Daniel T. Willingham (2012-07-24)
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