Getting Started on the Road to Applying the Science of Learning
Article first published online: 2 MAR 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Volume 26, Issue 2, pages 330–331, March/April 2012
How to Cite
Mayer, R. E. (2012), Getting Started on the Road to Applying the Science of Learning. Appl. Cognit. Psychol., 26: 330–331. doi: 10.1002/acp.1829
- Issue published online: 2 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 2 MAR 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 4 AUG 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 15 JUL 2011
- Manuscript Received: 9 JUN 2011
This article describes how Richard Mayer's academic career started on the road to applying the science of learning to education. It suggests four recommendations for getting started: (1) develop intellectual curiosity and core values—which for Mayer occurred because he grew up surrounded by supportive people; (2) find your question—which for Mayer concerns how to help people learn so they can apply what they have learned to new situations; (3) develop your professional skills—which for Mayer occurred because of his educational opportunities in public education culminating in graduate school at the University of Michigan; and (4) find an environment in which you can flourish—which for Mayer is the academic world culminating in landing at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.