Grasp: The Science Transforming How We Learn

December 6, 2020
Grasp: The Science Transforming How We Learn

A groundbreaking look at the science of learning: how itworks both in the mind and in the classroom, which teachingtechniques are most effective, and how schools should (andabsolutely should not) use instructional technology. This is anessential resource for teachers, anyone interested in cutting-edgeresearch into learning, and parents considering the educationalalternatives available to their children.As the head of Open Learning at MIT, renowned professor SanjaySarma has a daunting job description: to fling open the doors ofthe MIT experience for the benefit of the wider world. But ifyou're going to undertake such an ambitious project, you first haveto ask: How do we learn? What are the most effective ways ofeducating? And how can the science of learning transform educationto unlock our potential, as individuals and across society?Grasp takes readers across multiple frontiers, fromfundamental neuroscience to cognitive psychology and beyond, as itexplores the future of learning. Some of its findings:• For educators teaching remotely, online instructional toolshave been proven to be a powerful ally when used appropriately—anda dangerous impediment when misapplied.• By structuring its curriculum to better incorporatecutting-edge learning strategies, one law school in Florida hasrocketed to the top of its state in bar exam passage rates.• Scientists are studying the role of forgetting, exposing itnot as a simple failure of memory but a critical weapon in ourlearning arsenal.• New developments in neuroimaging are helping us understand howreading works in the brain. It's become possible to identifychildren who might benefit from specialized dyslexiainterventions—before they learn to read.Along the way, Sarma debunks long-held fallacies (such as thenoxious idea of "learning styles"), while equipping readers with aset of practical tools for absorbing and retaining informationacross a lifetime. He presents a vision for learning that's moreinclusive and democratic—revealing a world bursting with powerfullearners, just waiting for the chance they deserve.Drawing from the author's experience as an educator and the workof researchers and educational innovators at MIT and beyond,Grasp offers scientific and practical insight, promisingnot just to inform and entertain readers but to open theirminds.