Cognitive scientist offers insight into student learning

09/2/2009 | Washington Post, The

Students' brains might be stopping them from enjoying school and learning, according to cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham, author of "Why Don't Students Like School?" Willingham says that without the right conditions, students will avoid learning. He says class work should be challenging but not too hard, or the brain will give up. It shouldn't be too easy, though, or the brain won't try at all.

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