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Hardcover | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262023528 | 336 pp. | 6 x 9 in | March 1993
Paperback | $34.00 Short | £24.95 | ISBN: 9780262521963 | 336 pp. | 6 x 9 in | August 1994

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Schools for Thought

A Science of Learning in the Classroom

About the Author

John T. Bruer is President of the James S. McDonnell Foundation.


“Bruer takes complex ideas in cognitive science and illustrates how they have been, or can be, translated by researchers and teacher into new forms of teaching and classroom design. An apt analogy is the description, discussion, and presentation of examples of new ideas in biology and the life sciences that can change medical practice. In every chapter, Bruer takes the reader through carefully described examples that make clear both principles and their implications for practice. The organization of the book is skillfully crafted; Bruer works from general principles of cognition to specific descriptions of research and practice in school subjects, including mathematics, science, reading, writing, and assesments.”
Robert Glaser, Director, Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburg
“John Bruer's Schools for Thought is an excellent book. I found it unfailingly clear and readable. I know of no books that survey a coherent set of educational interventions from the perspective of cognitive studies. There is without question a need for book like this.”
Howard Gardner, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University


1994 Grawemeyer Award in Improving World Order.