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Learning Sciences; Driving Evidence-based Instruction

How do people learn? For centuries, educators and philosophers have wrestled with this simply stated, but confounding, question. Understanding how the mind works were left mostly to introspection or analogous comparisons with hydraulic systems, telephone switchboards, and computer circuitry. Dr. Daniel T. Willingham , professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Virginia, and author of " Why Don't Students Like School? " mentions these representations aren't based on scientific investigation or research. "Is it possible many of our long-held beliefs about teaching and learning are based on supposition, opinion, and anecdotal insight into how the mind works?" Technology and scientific research is changing what we thought we knew about brain development and functions of the mind. Teaching and learning will undoubtedly change as this new information becomes readily available to educators.  In an article recently published in ISTE's magazin