Education Studies continues to grow as a popular undergraduate area of study. This core text addresses themes common to all Education Studies courses. It benefits from a large list of chapters from key contributors at key institutions. This third edition has been completely revised and updated with the addition of seven new chapters. Themes newly explored include gender, research, the power of money and status and alternatives to schooling. This fully comprehensive text is accessibly written, with learning features throughout to encourage students to approach issues critically. Fully up-to-date and covering a huge range of themes for Education Studies students.

The Mystery of Learning

The mystery of learning
John SharpBarbara Murphy

Introduction

Learning is widely regarded as a lifelong activity which may occur intentionally or otherwise in a range of different learning environments, including schools, colleges, universities and the workplace. At times, of course, learning takes place with remarkable ease. Committing a simple fact to memory and being able to recall it on demand, or completing a relatively simple practical task successfully having been shown how to do it only once or twice, rarely presents much of a challenge. More often than not, however, what we are expected to learn, or indeed have to learn, is considerably difficult and requires effort. But what have we learnt if, for example, we take copious notes during a lecture and ...

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