The keynote speaker for the 2012 Fall Convocation is Dr. Daniel Willingham, renowned cognitive psychologist. Willingham earned his doctorate in cognitive psychology from Harvard University in 1990 where he focused on how the brain learns. His current work focuses on applying cognitive research to practical applications in the classroom. He challenges ideas like learning styles, and he discusses how to help students remember complex material and understand abstract ideas.
The author of numerous articles including a regular column, “Ask the Cognitive Scientist” for the American Educator, a blog on Science and Education and books like “Why Don’t Students Like School?” and “Cognition: The Thinking Animal,” Willingham has experience in the trenches. Since 1992, he has been a professor at the University of Virginia, and his teaching has been recognized through outstanding professor awards. At this year’s fall convocation, Willingham’s presentation will address why students do not like school.