The Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences

Sawyer, R. K. (2006). The Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences(p. 1-16). Chapter 1 introduction: The new science of learning. In R. K. Sawyer (Ed.). New York: Cambridge University Press

In this book Sawyer discusses how instructionism was the prevailing method for teaching but is now a failing method. The reading states that the new science of learning will lead to schools of the future. This new science is used to show how deeper learning can be obtained. Cognitive science is discussed by explaining representation, reflection, problem solving and higher-order thinking. The steady progression to higher learning is also formatted and explained.

Sawyer provides explanations for the use of scientific processes and how they can provide a better learning environment for future students. His explanations and beliefs as explained in the text point to commitment to improving learning and teaching in our classrooms and schools. His research on the subject is in-depth and thorough.

Sawyer’s points about education needing to be revised and improved are very thought provoking. The explanations and reasons for his conclusions are sound and have far reaching implications. Including discussion about educational technology and the processes involved in learning are very thought provoking. This work provided valuable information and reinforced my thoughts on education today and where it should be headed for the future.


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