Journal Club: How learning happens: Seminal works in educational psychology and what they mean in practice

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TU Delft Teachinglab (Building 32A), Landbergstraat 15

Join the book presentation with special guest Paul Kirschner!

How learning happens: Seminal works in educational psychology and what they mean in practice

The Teaching Academy is very honoured to welcome special guest Paul Kirschner in the Teaching Lab at TU Delft. Paul Kirschner is Emeritus Professor of Educational Psychology at the Dutch Open University and Guest Professor at Thomas More University of Applied Science in Belgium. On 10 March he will present his new book with a lecture on how students learn and how we can help that happen in an effective, efficient, and enjoyable way.

Paul: ”We already know quite a lot. For this, we can thank a large group of educational- and cognitive psychological researchers, the giants of our field. They laid the foundation for our understanding of how our cognitive architecture works and allows us to learn. How do we process information (both words and pictures)? What teaching and study strategies give birth to learning and which harm or even kill learning?”

Best learning experiences
If we are to move towards a truly evidence-informed approach to designing education, we must stand on the shoulders of these giants and build upon their hard-earned discoveries. Discoveries that have been independently verified and which have achieved consensus in the wider scientific community, he explains.

During the book presentation Paull will shine a light on a number of the results obtained by these giants and discuss how we, as educators and educational support staff, can stand on their shoulders to give our students the best possible learning experiences.

How learning happens
The presentation will be based on the recently published book ‘How learning happens: Seminal works in educational psychology and what they mean in practice’. Exploring 28 key works on learning and teaching, chosen from the fields of educational psychology and cognitive psychology, the book offers a roadmap of the most important discoveries on how learning happens. Each chapter examines a different research subject and explains its significance before describing its implications for practice, how it can be used in the classroom and the key takeaways for lecturers. Many of these papers have inspired researchers and lecturers all around the world and have left a mark on how we teach today.

Clearly divided into six sections, the book covers:

  • How the brain works and what this means for learning and teaching
  • Prerequisites for learning
  • How learning can be supported
  • Teacher activities
  • Learning in context
  • Cautionary tales and the ten deadly sins of education.

Written by two leading experts and illustrated by Oliver Caviglioli, this is essential reading for lecturers wanting to fully engage with and understand educational research as well as undergraduate students in the fields of education, educational psychology and the learning sciences.

The session is fully booked. Visit the Teaching Lab website for more information.

Date: 10 March 2020, 10:00 – 14:00
Location: Teaching Lab, Building 32A, Forum/Arena