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Distracted: Why Students Can't Focus and What You Can Do About It

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Distracted: Why Students Can't Focus and What You Can Do About It

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Keeping students focused can be difficult in a world filled with distractions -- which is why a renowned educator created a scientific solution to one of every teacher's biggest problems.
Why is it so hard to get students to pay attention? Conventional wisdom blames iPhones, insisting that access to technology has ruined students' ability to focus. The logical response is to ban electronics in class.
But acclaimed educator James M. Lang argues that this solution obscures a deeper problem: how we teach is often at odds with how students learn. Classrooms are designed to force students into long periods of intense focus, but emerging science reveals that the brain is wired for distraction. We learn best when able to actively seek and synthesize new information.
In Distracted, Lang rethinks the practice of teaching, revealing how educators can structure their classrooms less as distraction-free zones and more as environments where they can actively cultivate their students' attention.
Brimming with ideas and grounded in new research, Distracted offers an innovative plan for the most important lesson of all: how to learn.

James M. Lang is a professor of English and director of the D'Amour Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption University. He is the author of three previous books on higher education teaching and learning: Small Teaching, Cheating Lessons, and On Course. He is also a longtime monthly columnist for the Chronicle of Higher Education. He lives in Worcester, Massachusetts.

ISBN: 9781541699809

ISBN-10: 9781541699809

Publisher: Basic Books

Publication Date: 10/20/2020 - 12:00am

On Sale: 10/20/2020 - 12:00am

Pages: 304

Language: English


Education / Educational Psychology

Education / Classroom Management

Psychology / Developmental / Adolescent

Education / Computers & Technology

Education / Educational Policy & Reform