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DOI

https://doi.org/10.14305/jn.19440413.2018.12.1.02

Abstract

For the continuing development of quality instructional practices, educators must have access to the findings of research and be in a position to explore applications of those findings. We think we may have found such a resource: A 2016 book titled The ABCs of How We Learn: 26 Scientifically proven approaches, how they work, and when to use them by Schwartz, Tsang, and Blair is a concise, insightful, and applicable set of 26 short articles that explain key learning factors, provide examples, and identify the supporting scholarship. In this article, a first-year middle school science teacher and a veteran teacher educator collaborate and offer teacher educators and professional developers an overview of the 26 factors and an interpretation of how to effectively utilize this text.

The article opens with a vignette of a middle school science lesson that readers may analyze anyway they wish. The debriefing offered in the article introduces the ABC framework by identifying the various principles as they are utilized in the learning experience. Then the authors describe and comment on the entire set of 26 factors and speak to the book’s great potential for helping teachers integrate research-supported findings into their daily efforts.

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