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Application of evolutionary psychology to academic learning

David C Geary

in Applied Evolutionary Psychology

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199586073
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731358 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586073.003.0006
Application of evolutionary psychology to academic learning

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There is a gap between what children find easy to learn and are motivated to learn based on human evolutionary history, and what they need to learn to be successful adults in the modern world. In this chapter, I provide a brief overview of evolutionary educational psychology and begin with an outline of the evolved cognitive, developmental, and motivational foundations for learning in evolutionarily-novel contexts. I close with several illustrations of how this framework can be used to better understand children’s motivation and learning in modern schools.

Keywords: evolution; development; cognitive development; academic learning

Chapter.  7572 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psychology

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