Publisher: Random House
Publication date: September 9, 2014
Category: Parenting & Families, Science
Source: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Being in the "learning business," I couldn't pass up a book about how people learn. So, because of the title alone, How We Learn, I requested it. It turned out to be one of those books where you pick through the table of contents to read the portions that are most relevant to you. After reading the first two parts, I realized I was waiting to read the parts that sounded more interesting to me and I skipped to the following sections:
"The Hidden Value of Ignorance," which was about testing.
"The Upside of Distraction," which discusses how ideas and solutions appear when we are not thinking on the exact topic.
"Learning Without Thinking," about learning through associations.
"You Snooze, You Win," discusses the role of sleep in the learning process.
Overall, about half the book was relevant to me as an educator, although I feel it was dense, factual/scientific reading (for me anyway), so I didn't read it straight through. Once I began picking and choosing parts I wanted to read, I liked the book better. People with science/biology interests will like this book.
Have you read any books with topics that would interest a random audience?