How Learning Happens by Paul Kirschner and Carl Hendrick is a research-informed, concise and accessible book that turns research insights into practical advice and is a fantastic introduction to some key theories and concepts in educational psychology.


How Learning Happens offers a roadmap of the most important discoveries in how learning happens. Paul Kirschner and Carl Hendrick examine a range of work and explain its significance before describing the research, its implications for practice, how it can be used in the classroom, and the key takeaways for teachers.


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How Learning Happens

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  • Course Chapters


    Part I - Five Points about Cognition

    Part II - Six Points about Prerequisites for Learning

    Part III - Four Points about Activities that Support Learning

    Part IV - Six Points about Effective Teaching

    Part V - Four Points about the Role of Context

    Part VI - Three Points about Popular Misconceptions

  • Course Length

    23 minutes - 7 videos

  • Guided Learning Hours

    4 hours


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