- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Teachers College Press (April 2, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080773750X
- ISBN-13: 978-0807737507
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Book of Learning and Forgetting
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About the Author
Frank Smith was a reporter, editor, and novelist before beginning his formal research into language, thinking, and learning. He has been a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, the University of Toronto, the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
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I like Frank Smith's work. He is not afraid to shake, rattle or bang on the cage bars of bureaucracy or academia.
As a museum educator, long-time Montessori mother, and even longer-ago 4-H member, I have always believed in "learn by doing." I have never understood why learning comprehension has been confused with scores on appallingly mechanical tests. No test can ever demonstrate both the pupils' and the teacher's abilities as well as a work portfolio.
Real learning should be a joyful, engaging, thought-provoking mental process that has nothing to do with staying up all night cramming for exams.
As a History Instructor, I especially appreciate Smith's insightful look at the impact the thinking of the Industrial Revolution and also the Military has had on the language and bureaucracy of education. Comparing and contrasting these two world views with contemporary educational theories would make a great group project for my HIS 112 students!
I am thankful for Frank Smith and others of his ilk. This old book (1998) must have helped let in a little light and air. New brain-based education and student-centered theories are all the rage today.
What is old is now new again.
The information Smith gives is vitally important, and he makes several very quotable statements concerning learning and memory which I have used (citing him) in papers. The book is almost too short, and not as readable as I would have liked it. Nevertheless this is an absolute must read for educators, and for would-be teachers prior to entering their teaching jobs. It is also important for those going into educational research and educational testing to be aware of. We can and should expect children to learn, but we definitely are not approaching it the right way. This book can provide plenty of topics for discussions in education departments across the country. Testing should not be the ends, but rather the ability to learn over a lifetime and the ability to continue this process from indirect sources once out of the school system. Karen Sadler, Science Education, University of Pittsburgh
Explains how to help a poor reader become a good reader.
Frank Smith Phd, knows a lot about reading and how kids develop their self-image as students.