Applying the Science of Learning

| January 18, 2011

Title: Applying the Science of Learning
Author: Richard E. Mayer
Publisher: Boston, MA: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon, c201

Check it out: LB1060.M3395 2011

From the Publisher: The underlying premise of Applying the Science of Learning is that educators can better help students learn if they understand the processes through which student learning takes place. In this clear and concise first edition text, educational psychology scholar Richard Mayer teaches readers how to apply the science of learning through understanding the reciprocal relationships between learning, instruction, and assessment.

Utilizing the significant advances in scientific learning research over the last 25 years, this introductory text identifies the features of science of learning that are most relevant to education, explores the possible prescriptions of these findings for instructional methods, and highlights the essentials of evaluating instructional effectiveness through assessment. Applying the Science of Learning is also presented in an easy-to-read modular design and with a conversational tone — making it particularly student-friendly, whether it is being used as a supplement to a core textbook or as a standalone course text.

About the Author: Richard E. Mayer is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) where he has served since 1975. In 2000, he received the E. L. Thorndike Award for career achievement in educational psychology. In 2008, he received the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Contribution of Applications of Psychology to Education award. He was ranked #1 as the most productive educational psychologist in the world for 1991-2001 (Contemporary Educational Psychology, vol. 28, pp. 422-430).