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Great Myths of Education and Learning
Jeffrey D. Holmes
Wiley-Blackwell / Softcover / May 2016
9781118709399 (ISBN-10: 111870939X)
Education / Psychology
price: $29.95 (may be subject to change)
208 pages
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Great Myths of Education and Learning reviews the scientific research on a number of widely-held misconceptions pertaining to learning and education, from interventions designed to enhance intelligence in infants to strategies used in higher education.

• A collection of the most important and influential education myths in one book, with in-depth examinations of each topic
• Focusing on research evidence regarding how people learn and how we can know if learning has taken place, the book provides a highly comprehensive review of the evidence contradicting each belief
• Topics covered include student characteristics related to learning, views of how the learning process works, and issues related to teaching techniques and testing




# 1 Students are accurate judges of how much they know

# 2 Students learn better when teaching methods are matched with their learning styles

# 3 Lecturing is broadly inferior to other teaching methods

# 4 Using PowerPoint in the classroom improves student learning

# 5 Minimally guided instruction is superior to traditional direct instruction

# 6 Rewards always undermine students’ intrinsic motivation

#7 Multitasking does not inhibit academic performance

#8 People are either left-brained or right-brained

#9 There are many independent varieties of intelligence

#10 Self-esteem improves academic performance

#11 Repetition is a highly effective study strategy

#12 Multiple-choice exams are inferior to other exam formats

#13 Students should not change answers on multiple-choice exams

#14 Coaching produces large gains in college admission test scores

#15 Standardized tests do not predict academic performance

#16 Standardized ability tests are biased against some minority groups


About the Author:

Jeffrey D. Holmes is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. He teaches courses on general psychology, testing and assessment, research methods, and controversial psychological issues. Dr Holmes has published original research on racial attitudes as well as the teaching of psychology, and has published several book chapters on topics related to the importance of scientific thinking in understanding human behavior. He is the author of Social Psychology: Student Handbook to Psychology (2012).

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