Despite the vast amount of research on teaching, very little of it has related overall theoretical perspectives to general principles of teaching and instruction. Keenly aware of this, Ornstein's primary criteria for selection of the material in this book is its value to those concerned with the practice of teaching and instruction and with the interaction of students with teachers. Institutionalized Learning in America mixes theory and practice, presenting proven methods that are based on research and that have been demonstrated to work. No one set of strategies or methods is offered, providing the reader with the opportunity to select from many different approaches. The book is divided into four parts and twenty chapters. Part I, on teaching, provides an overview of research on teaching and teacher effectiveness. Part II, on learning, discusses how information to be learned is organized and taught, as well as how to evaluate what has been learned. Part III, on instruction, emphasizes planning and organizing content and experience in a meaningful way. Part IV deals with effective schools. Institutionalized Learning in America will be of interest to researchers and practitioners of the art of teaching, as well as those interested in applications of cognitive psychology.
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