Reading List

Obviously I’d be a fool not to recommend my own books, but these are some of the works which have inspired me to become a more thoughtful teacher:

Philip Adey & Justin Dillon (ed) Bad Education: Debunking Myths in Education

Kathryn Asbury & Robert Plomin G is for Genes: The Impact of Genetics on Education and Achievement  

Isabelle Beck, Margaret G. McKeown and Linda Kucan Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction

Tom Bennett Teacher Proof: Why research in education doesn’t always mean what it claims, and what you can do about it

Ron Berger An Ethic of Excellence: Building a Culture of Craftsmanship with Students

Brown, Roediger and McDaniel Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (Covers important content but is appalingly badly written.)

Pedro De Bruyckere & Paul A. Kirschner Urban Myths about Learning and Education

Benedict Carey How We Learn: The Surprising Truth about When, Where, and Why It Happens

Daisy Christodoulou Seven Myths About Education

Carol Dweck Mindset: How You Can Fulfil Your Potential

Kieran Egan Getting it Wrong from the Beginning: Our Progressivist Inheritance from Herbert Spencer, John Dewey, and Jean Piaget

Julian Elliott The Dyslexia Debate (Cambridge Studies in Cognitive and Perceptual Development)

Jonathan K Foster Memory: A Very Short Introduction

Pauline Gibbons Scaffolding Language, Scaffolding Learning: Teaching Second Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom

Richard Gregory Seeing Through Illusions: Making Sense of the Senses

Andy Hargreaves & Michael Fullan Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School

Jonathan Haidt The Righteous Mind

Judith Rich Harris The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do

Chip & Dan Heath Switch: How to change things when change is hard & Made to Stick: Why some ideas take hold and others come unstuck

John Hattie Visible LearningVisible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning & Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn

Eric Kalenze Education is Upside Down: Reframing Reform to Focus on the Right Problems

Daniel Khaneman Thinking, Fast and Slow

Oli Knight & David Benson Creating Outstanding Classrooms: A whole-school approach

ED Hirsch Jr The Knowledge Deficit: Closing the Shocking Education Gap for American Children & The Schools We Need: And Why We Don’t Have Them

Doug Lemov Practice Perfect & Teach Like a Champion

Michael Lewis The English Verb: An Exploration of Structure and Meaning

Jan Meyer, Ray Land & Caroline Baillie Threshold Concepts and Transformational Learning

David McRaney You are Not So Smart

Graham Nuthall The Hidden Lives of Learners – finally available in the UK! A must read.

Robert Peal Progressively worse: The Burden of Bad Ideas in British Schools

Stephen Pinker The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st CenturyThe Language InstinctThe Blank Slate

Martin Robinson Trivium 21c: Preparing young people for the future with lessons from the past

David Rose Learning to Write/Reading to Learn: Genre, Knowledge and Pedagogy in the Sydney School: Scaffolding Democracy in Literacy Classrooms

Richard Saul ADHD Does Not Exist

Katherine Schultz Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error: The Meaning of Error in an Age of Certainty

Roger Scruton The Uses of Pessimism and the Danger of False Hope

Alistair Smith High Performers: The Secrets of Successful Schools

Richard Thaler & Cass Sunstein Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness

Daniel Willingham Why Don’t Students Like School? and When Can You Trust the Experts?: How to Tell Good Science from Bad in Education

Dylan Wiliam Embedded Formative Assessment

Richard Wiseman 59 Seconds: Think a little, change a lot

And here’s just some of the most interesting and informative research papers I’ve read recently:

Why Minimal Guidance During Instruction Does Not Work: An Analysis of the Failure of Constructivist,
Discovery, Problem-Based, Experiential, and Inquiry-Based Teaching

Applying Cognitive Psychology to Enhance Educational Practice

Learning vs Performance

The Cultural Myths and Realities of Classroom Teaching and Learning: A Personal Journey

Ensuring Fair and Reliable Measures of Effective Teaching (The MET Project)

Teaching that Sticks

It’s the Effect Size, Stupid: What effect size is and why it is important

Teachers, Schools, and Academic Achievement 

Gorillas in our midst: sustained inattentional blindness for dynamic events

The Power of Feedback

Why tests appear to prevent forgetting: A distribution-based bifurcation model

Improving Education: A triumph of hope over experience

Improving Students’ Learning with Effective Learning Techniques: Promising Directions from Cognitive and 
Educational Psychology

Please let me know if there’s anything else you think I should be reading and feel free to leave your comments below.

15 Responses to Reading List

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  2. Hey Presto Praesto says:

    Engaging Learners – Andy Griffiths and Mark Burns. A fantastic read and resource for helping improve teaching and learning.

  3. Sara Hjelm says:

    Thank you for the Nuthall text! Amazing is the least to say. Seen him refered to before, but never read anything. Maybe I’m not a very efficient surfer.

  4. JCMcNamara says:

    Hi David, I have your new book on preorder but I wondered if you had any other recommended starting points (articles/books) for understanding the work of Robert Bjork? Would appreciate a point in the right direction.

  5. JCMcNamara says:

    Much appreciated – will take a look.

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