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Learning About Learning: What Every New Teacher Needs to Know

Abstract

"At the heart of teacher preparation programs is the need for teacher candidates to learn about learning. That's why, without exception, all programs dedicate more time to instructional strategies than to any other subject, requiring both educational psychology and instructional methods courses and returning to this topic throughout other coursework. The rationale is obvious: Teachers must know how to promote learning and make it stick. If students absorb something for the moment, but can't retain or recall information later, they havent really learned.

This report argues that aspiring teachers are not being taught -- in textbooks or in their coursework and training -- the foundational knowledge about cognitive strategies that can help ensure children will learn."

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