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For Houston Educator, Being A Better Teacher Begins By Understanding ‘How Humans Learn’

Rice University’s Joshua Eyler discusses book, How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories Behind Effective College Teaching.

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How Humans Learn - BookTeaching isn’t easy. But one area researcher is trying to make the job easier – at least for himself and his fellow college instructors – by learning more about how students learn.

For his new book, How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories Behind Effective College Teaching, Rice University’s Joshua Eyler observed how his newborn daughter interacted with her world. He dug into the basics of evolutionary biology to understand how the brain develops. And he interviewed and observed college instructors around the country to see what good teachers had in common.

In the audio above, he tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty what he discovered and how busy teachers can better engage their students.

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Rice University’s Joshua Eyler is the author of How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories Behind Effective College Teaching.

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