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Making Learning Whole: How Seven Principles of Teaching Can Transform Education

ISBN: 978-0-470-63371-7
272 pages
September 2010, Jossey-Bass
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October 11, 2010
San Francisco, CA

Making Learning Whole: How Seven Principles of Teaching Can Transform Education

Making Learning Whole: How Seven Principles of Teaching Can Transform Education

This book introduces a practical and research-based framework for teaching.  Author David Perkins describes how teaching any subject at any level can be made more effective if students are introduced to the "whole game," rather than isolated pieces of a discipline. Perkins explains how learning academic subjects should be approached with a step-by-step manner that's similar to learning a team sport  - like baseball. 

He demonstrates this with seven principles for making learning whole: from making the game worth playing (emphasizing the importance of motivation to sustained learning), to working on the hard parts (the importance of thoughtful practice), to learning how to learn (developing self-managed learners). Also, Perkins vividly explains how to organize learning in ways that allow people to do important things with what they know. 

Making Learning Whole offers guidelines for transforming education to prepare our youth for success in a rapidly changing world.  Additionally, it's filled with real-world, illustrative examples of the seven principles, and at the end of each chapter there is a "Wonders of Learning," a summary of the key ideas, making it a great resource for all educators.