Willingham, (2017) A Mental Model of the Learner

Interesting Daniel Willingham paper: mental models make a difference, so which mental models should we teach teachers? 

What’s useful is knowing empirical generalisations: things which are widely confirmed to be true, and are obvious e.g. practising is crucial to expertise

Theories and epistemic assumptions are, bluntly, misguiding for teachers:

The proposed solution is teaching simplified models, designed for practitioners

Willingham, D. (2017). A Mental Model of the Learner: Teaching the Basic Science of Educational Psychology to Future Teachers. Mind, Brain, and Education, 11(4), pp.166-175.

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