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Description - LEARNING INTELLIGENCE by Michael Shayer

At present few children - perhaps not more than 20 per cent - realize their true potential. Even in the first year at primary school great differences can be seen. Yet by suitable intervention either in the first two years of primary school or in the first two years of secondary school - we believe these to be critical growth periods - much can be achieved to change this gloomy picture. This work describes how children's general ability to process information - their "intelligence" - can be significantly improved by appropriate cognitive acceleration methods. It shows how teachers have mastered the art of cognitive acceleration in a variety of contexts, from Year 1 to Year 9 and in science, mathematics, and arts subjects. Each chapter draws on research or development experience to describe effects of cognitive acceleration programmes, their nature, and some of the qualitative differences between stimulating and unstimulating classrooms. Also studied is the psychological theory that underlies cognitive acceleration.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780335211364
ISBN-10: 0335211364
Format: Paperback
(90mm x 60mm x 6mm)
Pages: 215
Imprint: Open University Press
Publisher: Open University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Michael Shayer

Michael Shayer is Professor of Applied Psychology at King's College London. He met the '12 year gap' (between the best and the worst of entrants to secondary school) full in the face in Peckham in the mid-60s, and has tried his best ever since, first to understand it and then to change it.Philip Adey is Professor of Cognition, Science, and Education at King's College London. He started his professional life as a chemistry teacher but soon became interested in the issue of 'difficulty': why did some students find some concepts more difficult than others, and what can be done about it. The present book is his most recent contribution towards an answer to this problem.

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