Book Review: How Learning Happens (Kirschner & Hendrick)

Book Review: How Learning Happens (Kirschner & Hendrick)

By Carolina Kuepper-Tetzel

A few weeks ago, Paul Kirschner contacted us and said that he co-wrote a new book with Carl Hendrick and wondered whether we would be interested in reviewing it in form of a blog post. So, here I am now, sitting in my living room: laptop on my lap, book by my side, and ready to do this.

“How Learning Happens: Seminal Works in Educational Psychology and What They Mean in Practice” is the title of the book and the authors collaborated with Oliver Caviglioli who provided his wonderful illustrations. The book covers all important science of learning topics in a unique way. Instead of going from chapter to chapter and introducing the topics as you would in a textbook, this book uses published papers as anchors for each chapter. Each chapter reviews one representative paper on the topic and explains why you should read this article, provides an abstract of the article, summarizes the article in an accessible way (this part is often supported by helpful illustrations), discusses implications for educational practice, offers ideas on how to use the work in your teaching, and concludes with the most important take home messages. I really enjoyed this very structured approach of how the chapters are designed. Each chapter offers a range of suggested readings and useful links in the end – many of them can be easily accessed by scanning a QR code. Brilliant for the tech savvy who want to get their fingers on the additional resources as fast as possible.