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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board On Behavioral Cognitive and Sensory Sciences
Board On Behavioral Cognitive and Sensory Sciences
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Cognitive Sciences and Learning

Some of the most well known work produced by the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences has been in the areas of cognitive science and learning. The interdisciplinary nature of the Board has facilitated a potent blending of cognitive science and learning science to produce landmark reports such as How People Learn and How Students Learn: History, Mathematics, and Science in the Classroom. BBCSS has also produced important reports on such topics as reading, minority students in special and gifted education, autism, education standards, education research, education technology, and education financing.

Related Reports

Emerging Cognitive Neuroscience and Related Technologies  (AFSB,BBCSS)

Emerging Cognitive Neuroscience and Related Technologies, from the National Research Council, identifies and explores several specific research areas that have implications for U.S. national security,... Read more

How Students Learn: History, Mathematics, and Science in the Classroom  (BBCSS)

How do you get a fourth-grader excited about history? How do you even begin to persuade high school students that mathematical functions are relevant to their everyday lives? In this volume,... Read more

Learning and Instruction: A SERP Research Agenda  (DBASSE,BBCSS)

The Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP) is a bold, ambitious plan that proposes a revolutionary program of education research and development. Its purpose is to construct a powerful... Read more

Planning for Two Transformations in Education and Learning Technology: Report of a Workshop  (CFE,BBCSS,DBASSE,CSTB)

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Strategic Education Research Partnership  (BBCSS)

Envision a cadre of leading scientists and practitioners working collaboratively on a highly focused program of education research that is tightly coupled with practice. Research influences... Read more

Minority Students in Special and Gifted Education  (BBCSS)

Special education and gifted and talented programs were designed for children whose educational needs are not well met in regular classrooms. From their inceptions, these programs have had... Read more

Mental Retardation:Determining Eligibility for Social Security Benefits  (BBCSS)

Contents Acknowledgments Executive Summary Introduction The Policy Context The Role of Intellectual Assessment The Role of Adaptive Behavior Assessment The Relationship of Intelligence and... Read more

Achieving High Educational Standards for All: Conference Summary  (BBCSS)

This volume summarizes a range of scientific perspectives on the important goal of achieving high educational standards for all students. Based on a conference held at the request of the U.S.... Read more

Educating Children with Autism  (BBCSS,BOCYF)

Autism is a word most of us are familiar with. But do we really know what it means? Children with autism are challenged by the most essential human behaviors. They have difficulty interacting... Read more

How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School: Expanded Edition  (BBCSS)

First released in the Spring of 1999, How People Learn has been expanded to show how the theories and insights from the original book can translate into actions and practice, now making a real... Read more

Eager to Learn: Educating Our Preschoolers  (BBCSS)

Clearly babies come into the world remarkably receptive to its wonders. Their alertness to sights, sounds, and even abstract concepts makes them inquisitive explorers--and learners--every waking... Read more

Starting Out Right: A Guide to Promoting Children's Reading Success  (BBCSS)

A devastatingly large number of people in America cannot read as well as they need for success in life. With literacy problems plaguing as many as four in ten children in America, this book discusses... Read more

Making Money Matter: Financing America's Schools  (BBCSS)

The United States annually spends over $300 billion on public elementary and secondary education. As the nation enters the 21st century, it faces a major challenge: how best to tie this financial... Read more

Improving Student Learning: A Strategic Plan for Education Research and Its Utilization  (BBCSS)

The state of America's schools is a major concern of policymakers, educators, and parents, and new programs and ideas are constantly proposed to improve it. Yet few of these programs and ideas are... Read more

How People Learn: Bridging Research and Practice  (BBCSS)

How People Learn: Bridging Research and Practice provides a broad overview of research on learners and learning and on teachers and teaching. It expands on the 1999 National Research Council... Read more

How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School  (BBCSS)

When do infants begin to learn? How do experts learn and how is this different from non-experts? What can teachers and schools do--with curricula, classroom settings, and teaching methods--to help... Read more

Equity and Adequacy in Education Finance: Issues and Perspectives  (BBCSS)

Spending on K-12 education across the United States and across local school districts has long been characterized by great disparities--disparities that reflect differences in property wealth and tax... Read more

Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children  (BBCSS)

While most children learn to read fairly well, there remain many young Americans whose futures are imperiled because they do not read well enough to meet the demands of our competitive,... Read more

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