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CAUT Bulletin Archives

May 2002

Learning to Think: Disciplinary Perspectives

Janet Gail Donald. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2002; 330 pp; hardcover $35US.
In colleges and universities, there is increasing demand to help students learn how to conceptualize, analyze and reason. Although the intellectual development of post-secondary students is gaining increased attention, relating student development to the process of inquiry in different disciplines is unexplored terrain. This book presents a model of learning that takes into account the different ways learning occurs in different academic disciplines and explores the relationship between knowledge and thinking processes. Janet Donald - a leading researcher in the field of post-secondary teaching and learning - presents a framework for learning that goes beyond the acquisition of knowledge and reveals how educators can improve the teaching and learning process in their classrooms and programs.

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