Smart Schools: From Training Memories to Educating Minds

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(11), 1236. Reviews the book, Smart Schools: From Training Memories to Educating Minds by David Perkins (1992). This book offers an interesting new perspective to the literature on the reform and restructuring of schools. While other authors are content to tinker at the margins of the education establishment, Perkins tackles the problems that schools have in meeting three basic goals of education, retention of knowledge, understanding of knowledge, and active use of knowledge. He draws in ideas and proposals based on research from cognitive sciences to consider how children learn and the means by which educators can develop smart schools, ones that can achieve the three basic goals listed above. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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