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American Educator, v34 n2 p23-28, 42 Sum 2010

Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary field of researchers from psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, philosophy, computer science, and anthropology who seek to understand the mind. In this article, the author considers findings from this field that are strong and clear enough to merit classroom application. He examines how technology has changed the way students think and how it might influence classroom practice. The author contends that classroom technology can increase student engagement, but using it effectively is complicated. And, although multitasking seems efficient, focusing on one task at a time is actually more efficient. (Contains 33 endnotes.)

Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Anthropology, Computer Science, Cognitive Psychology, Task Analysis, Technology Integration, Memory, Elementary Secondary Education, Cognitive Processes, Student Interests, Educational Practices

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Author: Willingham, Daniel T.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=4266&id=EJ889151

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