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The new ‘How People Learn’: Culture matters


  A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine puts a research spotlight on issues that matter to educators.   Two decades ago, I had the privilege of serving on the committee that produced How People Learn (NRC, 1999), the National Research Council’s landmark report on the learning sciences and their …
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