A Learning Science Summer Reading List – 13 Books to Help You Learn About Learning

Published July 17, 2019


Although we’re year-round book lovers at McGraw-Hill, summer is a season we find ourselves reading even more frequently. We love and appreciate fiction and recommend a balanced summer reading diet, but we also try to keep up on the latest in learning science. To help us build our summer reading lists, we asked members of McGraw-Hill’s Learning Science Advisory Board to recommend some books about the science of learning. Here is our learning science summer reading list!

Recommended by:

Dr. Tanya Joosten, Director of Digital Learning Research and Development and co-PI and co-Director of the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

  1. How People Learn II: Learners, Contexts, and Cultures by By National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
  2. Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Mark A. McDaniel and Peter C. Brown
  3. Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James M. Lang
  4. What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain
  5. Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate Into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation by Saundra Yancy McGuire

Recommended by:

Dr. Rosemary Luckin, Professor of Learner Centred Design, UCL Knowledge Lab

  1. The Fourth Education Revolution by Anthony Seldon and Oladimeji Abidoye
  2. Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain by Sarah-Jayne Blakemore
  3. Machine Learning and Human Intelligence: The future of education for the 21st century by Rosemary Luckin

Recommended by:

Dr. Robert S. Feldman, Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  1. How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories Behind Effective College Teaching by Josha Eyler

Recommended by:

Dr. Jennifer Kotler Clarke, Vice President of Content Research & Evaluation, Sesame Workshop

  1. The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness by Todd Rose

Recommended by:

Dr. Richard Larson, MITSUI Professor of Engineering Systems, MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

  1. Sweating the Small Stuff: Inner City Schools and the New Paternalism by David Whitman

Recommended by:

Dr. Ryan Baker, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania

  1. The ABCs of How We Learn: 26 Scientifically Proven Approaches, How They Work, and When to Use Them by Daniel L. Schwartz, Jessica M. Tsang, and Kristen P. Blair

Recommended by:

Robert Ubell, Vice Dean Emeritus, Online Learning at NYU School of Engineering, NYU

  1. Virtual Teamwork: Mastering the Art and Practice of Online Learning and Corporate Collaboration by Robert Ubell, Frank Mayadas, Jerry Hultin