Fall 2015 Book Group
Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, and Mark A. McDaniel
Memory plays a central role in our ability to carry out complex cognitive tasks, such as applying knowledge to problems never before encountered and drawing inferences from facts already known. New insights into how memory is encoded, consolidated, and later retrieved have led to a better understanding of how we learn. Grappling with the impediments that make learning challenging leads both to more complex mastery and better retention of what was learned.
Many common study habits and practice routines turn out to be counterproductive. Underlining and highlighting, rereading, cramming, and single-minded repetition of new skills create the illusion of mastery, but gains fade quickly. More complex and durable learning come from self-testing, introducing certain difficulties in practice, waiting to re-study new material until a little forgetting has set in, and interleaving the practice of one skill or topic with another. Speaking most urgently to students, teachers, trainers, and athletes, Make It Stick will appeal to all those interested in the challenge of lifelong learning and self-improvement.
Please register for this group by Friday, September 11th at 4:30pm by contacting CETL.
It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by danah boyd
danah boyd's It's Complicated: the Social Lives of Networked Teens examines the role of social media in lives of young people. Based on 116 interviews with teens, plus numerous discussions with parents and teachers, boyd offers a glimpse into how teens experience inequality, bullying, and expressing themselves in the public and sometimes dangerous space of the Internet.
boyd challenges the notion that
teens are digital natives, arguing that they are instead digital naïves. She argues that universities "do not prioritize digital competency, in part
because of the assumption that teens natively understand anything connected to
technology." But incorporating digital literacy in our courses requires
that first we understand where our students are coming from.
A PDF of the book is available for
free from the author's website: http://www.danah.org/books/ItsComplicated.pdf