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East Tennessee State University

Book Club

Upcoming Book Club Selection, August 21, Fall 2019

Book Cover of Spark of Learning

Why Don't Students Like School?
Daniel T. Willingham

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Publishers Description

Cognitive scientist Dan Willingham focuses his acclaimed research on the biological and cognitive basis of learning. His book will help teachers improve their practice by explaining how they and their students think and learn. It reveals-the importance of story, emotion, memory, context, and routine in building knowledge and creating lasting learning experiences.



Past Book Club Selection, Spring 2019
Whistling Vivaldi

Whistling Vivaldi
Claude M. Steele

Publishers Description

The acclaimed social psychologist offers an insider's look at his research and groundbreaking findings on stereotypes and identity.

Claude M. Steele, who has been called “one of the few great social psychologists,” offers a vivid first-person account of the research that supports his groundbreaking conclusions on stereotypes and identity. He sheds new light on American social phenomena from racial and gender gaps in test scores to the belief in the superior athletic prowess of black men, and lays out a plan for mitigating these “stereotype threats” and reshaping American identities.

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Past Book Club Selection, Fall 2018
Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman

Publisher's Description

In the international bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation—each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions.

Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives—and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Winner of the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 2011, Thinking, Fast and Slow is destined to be a classic. 

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Past Book Club Selection, Spring 2018
Out of Our Minds

Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative
Ken Robinson

Publisher's Description

Organizations across the globe are competing in a world that is changing faster than ever.  They say they need people who can think creatively, who are flexible and quick to adapt. Too often they say they can't find them. In this provocative book, Ken Robinson addresses three vital questions:

  • Why is it essential to promote creativity?
  • What is the problem?
  • What can be done about it?
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