General Resources

The resources on this page provide broad overviews about learning and teaching.



  • Ambrose, S. A., Bridges, M. W., DiPietro, M., Lovett, M. C., & Norman, M. K. (2010). How learning works: Seven research-based principles for smart teaching. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Bain, K. (2004).  What the best college teachers do.  Cambridge, MA:  Harvard University Press.
  • Bain, K. (2012).  What the best college students do.  Cambridge, MA:  Harvard University Press.
  • Benassi, V. A., Overson, C. E., & Hakala, C. M. (Eds.) (2014). Applying science of learning: Infusing psychological science into the curriculum. American Psychological Association.
  • Bransford, J. D., Brown, A. L., & Cocking, R. R. (Eds.) (2000).  How people learn: Brain, mind, experience, and school.  Washington, DC: National Academy Press.
  • Brown, P. C., Roediger, H. L., & McDaniel, M. A. (2014).  Make it stick: The science of successful learning.  Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press.
  • Forsyth, D. R. (2016). College teaching: Practical insights from the science of teaching and learning. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Hattie, J. (2009).  Visible learning: A synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses relating to achievement.  New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Hattie, J. (2012).  Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning.  New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Lang, J. T. (2016). Small teaching: Everyday lessons from the science of learning. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • McKeachie, W. J., and Svinicki, M. D. (Eds.) (2014).  McKeachie’s teaching tips: Strategies, research, and theory for college and university teachers, 14th Ed.  Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.
  • Reif, F. (2008).  Applying cognitive science to education: Thinking and learning in scientific and other complex domains.  Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Rekart, J. L. (2013).  The cognitive classroom: Using brain and cognitive science to optimize student success.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Weimer, M. (2002).  Learner-centered teaching: Five key changes to practice.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Willingham, D. T. (2009).  Why don’t students like school? A cognitive scientist answers questions about how the mind works and what it means for the classroom.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.