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Learning How to Learn


reviewed by Lyn Corno 1985

coverTitle: Learning How to Learn
Author(s): Joseph D. Novak, D. Bob Gowin
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0521319269, Pages: 199, Year: 1985
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Learning to learn, or the development of learning ability, has been hailed as a goal of education since antiquity. Indeed, improved learning ability for a certain task is one of the most important outcomes of instruction. Yet, in many American schools, this goal still eludes us. Studies of our public schools have exposed the wide variation that exists with respect to goals closely related to learning to learn, such as academic achievement.1 These studies seem not to have assessed learning to learn as a construct unto itself, however. In their book Learning How to Learn, Novak and Gowin have noted this unfortunate disparity between goals and reality in educational practice, and attempted to change it. The book presents a mixture of psychological theory and educational philosophy buttressed by relevant research findings and techniques. The psychological theory acknowledges a debt to David Ausubel; the educational philosophy is indebted to John Dewey, Paul... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 87 Number 1, 1985, p. 129-133
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 705, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 11:07:34 AM

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