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Learning to Learn: Thinking Skills for the 21st Century
Authors: Marcia Heiman and Joshua Slomianko
Paperback: 294 pages
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About the Book
Learning to Learn® is the only college-level program the Department of Education has found to have valid, controlled studies showing significant, lasting impacts on students’ grade point averages and retention through graduation. These studies show:
- 80% graduation rates at colleges
- 20% improvement in retention at four-year colleges
The skills in this book come easily to students because they’re built on natural learning skills – the skills used every day. Learning to Learn brings back the feeling of excitement about learning new things that students had before school and tests. They learn to build on their natural questioning skills and “translate” back and forth between what they see and what they think about – between verbal and visual learning.
More information available at www.ltl-college.com
About the Authors
Dr. Marcia Heiman is Chief Executive Officer of Learning to Learn, Inc., a consulting and publishing firm in Somerville, MA. The firm provides Learning to Learn seminars and materials for educators and companies. She is also the Head of Research and Development at Boston College’s Learning to Learn Department.
Dr. Heiman is the co-developer of the National Education Association’s Building Thinking Skills series and co-editor of the NEA’s Thinking Skills Instruction: Concepts and Techniques, co-author of Learning to Learn: Critical Thinking Skills for the Quality Workforce; and co-developer of Learning to Learn, an interactive video course which IBM made available to its entire workforce worldwide.
Dr. Heiman has been researching and developing aspects of Learning to Learn since receiving her doctorate. She served as director of college learning centers at a number of colleges and universities, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of New Hampshire, Roxbury Community College, and Boston College. She has tested the impact of LTL on educationally disadvantaged students at these colleges and universities and at public schools across the country, including Boston, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Benton Harbor, MI. LTL’s controlled studies showing measurable changes in learning have been externally validated by the U.S. Department of Education’s Joint Dissemination Review Board.
Dr. Heiman holds a Bachelor of Arts from New York University, a Masters in Research in Instruction from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Doctorate in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Michigan.
Joshua Slomianko has a wide-ranging background, which includes being part of a research team in immunology at the Medical School of Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem; directing the blood bank at Misgabladach Hospital; working with television news visuals for the Israeli Broadcasting Authorities; and doing graduate work in philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Mr. Slomianko holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and has done graduate work in philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He also received training in the biological sciences at the Hadassah Medical School of Jerusalem.
Dr. Heiman and Mr. Slomianko are also the developers of the National Education Association’s Building Thinking Skills series; the editors of Thinking Skills Instruction: Concepts and Techniques, the authors of Learning to Learn® – Critical Thinking Skills for the Quality Workforce; and the developers of Learning to Learn®, an interactive video course which IBM has made available to its entire workforce worldwide
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Starting Out
Chapter 2: Critical Thinking Skills
Chapter 3: Generating Questions from Lecture Notes
Chapter 4: Reading to Answer Questions
Chapter 5: Time/Task Management
Chapter 6: Preparing for Exams by Using Both Sides of Your Brain
Chapter 7: Learning Technical Information
Chapter 8: Writing & Research
Chapter 9: Being All that You Can Be
Chapter 10: Relationships
Chapter 11: Being Healthy
Chapter 12: Going Back to School
Chapter 13: Practical Matters
Chapter 14: Service Learning