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21st Century Education: A Reference Handbook offers 100 chapters written by leading experts in the field that highlight the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates facing educators today. This comprehensive and authoritative two-volume work provides undergraduate education majors with insight into the rich array of issues inherent in education—issues informing debates that involve all Americans.Key Features:· Provides undergraduate majors with an authoritative reference source ideal for their classroom research needs, preparation for GREs, and research into directions to take in pursuing a graduate degree or career· Offers more detailed information than encyclopedia entries, but not as much jargon, detail, or density as journal articles or research handbook chapters· Explores educational policy and reform, teacher education and certification, educational administration, curriculum, and instruction· Offers a reader-friendly common format: Theory, Methods, Applications, Comparison, Future Directions, Summary, References and Further Readings 21st Century Education: A Reference Handbook is designed to prepare teachers, professors, and administrators for their future careers, informing the debates and preparing them to address the questions and meet the challenges of education today.

Information Processing
Information processing

The primary goal of education is to help people learn. More specifically, the goal is to help people learn in ways that will allow them to use what they have learned in new situations—a process that can be called problem-solving transfer (Mayer & Wittrock, 2006). To accomplish this goal, it is useful for educators to have a clear understanding of how the human mind works.

This chapter explores the information processing view of learning, which currently offers the most comprehensive, best supported, and most widely accepted theory of how people learn (Bransford, Brown, & Cocking, 1999; Bruning, Schraw, Norby, & Ronning, 2004; Mayer, 2008). In this chapter, I summarize the main tenets of information processing theory; compare information processing theory with other views ...

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