Dedicated to Robert Sylwester  

The Joy of Learning is a new, free IAE book based on a series of recently published IAE Newsletters (IAE, 2016). Robert Sylwester served as co-editor of the IAE Newsletter for many years and was co-editor of six previous IAE Newsletter books. This new book is dedicated to Bob, who died August 5, 2016, which was somewhat before writing and editing of the current book was completed. A number of tributes to Bob from his many colleagues and friends are included in the book.

All seven IAE Newsletter books co-edited by Sylwester and Moursund are listed at the end of this IAE Blog.

Joy in Learning and Using What One Learns

Some students really enjoy school, some say they hate it, and most fall between these extremes. The Joy of Learning explores how to improve education by making it more enjoyable to students—as well as to teachers, parents, and others interested in improving education (Moursund, 1/2/2017).

An intact human brain has a number of sensory centers that feel pleasure when a person learns and make use of what is learned. Thus, a good educational system is intrinsically motivating to learners provided that it is both authentic (relevant, useful) in the eyes of the learners and those facilitating the learning, and also brings pleasure to both groups.

This book was specifically written for preservice and inservice teachers and other who are directly involved in helping students to get a better education. The 19 chapters cover a broad range of practitioner-based and research-based methods to make learning more enjoyable, of more immediate use, and of more long term use to learners.

Each individual chapter of the book is relatively self-contained. The chapters have been grouped into sections:

Part 1: Introduction and Background

Part 2: Internal Elements: Underlying Neurobiology

Part 3. Psychologically Driven Elements

Part 4: External Elements

The "flavor" of the book is captured by the titles of the Part 4 chapters:

Chapter 13: Joy of Learning and Using Math

Chapter 14: Joyful Conflict in Schools

Chapter 15: A Music Teacher Unravels an Assessment Conundrum

Chapter 16: Assessment for Differentiated Instruction

Chapter 17: The Role of Student Questioning in Joyful Learning

Chapter 18: Natural Learning: Creative Improvisational Explorations

Chapter 19: Out with the Old and In with the New

What You Can Do

It is the nature of humans to be both lifelong learners and lifelong teachers. Every interaction between people is both a learning and teaching experience for all who are involved.

Start paying more attention to the nature of the interactions you have with others. Perhaps you can make these both more enjoyable (pleasurable) and more effective at the same time.

Seven IAE Books Edited by Bob Sylwester and Dave Moursund

Sylwester, R. & Moursund, D., eds. (1/2/2017). The Joy of Learning. Eugene, OR: Information Age Education. Download the PDF file from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/292-the-joy-of-learning-1.html. Download the Microsoft Word file from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/291-the-joy-of-learning.html.

Moursund, D. & Sylwester, R., eds. (10/9/2015). Validity and credibility of information. Eugene, OR: Information Age Education. Download a free Microsoft Word file from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/275-validity-and-credibility-of-information/file.html. Download a free PDF file from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/277-validity-and-credibility-of-information-2/file.html.

Moursund, D. & Sylwester, R., eds. (April, 2015). Education for Students' Futures. Eugene, OR: Information Age Education. Download the PDF File from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/269-education-for-students-futures-1.html. Download the Microsoft Word File from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/268-education-for-students-futures.html.

Sylwester, R., & Moursund, D., eds. (March, 2014). Understanding and Mastering Complexity. Eugene, OR: Information Age Education. Download the PDF file from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/doc_download/256-understanding-and-mastering-complexity.html. Download the Microsoft Word file from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/doc_download/255-understanding-and-mastering-complexity.html.

Sylwester, R., & Moursund, D., eds. (June, 2013). Consciousness and morality: Recent research developments. Eugene, OR: Information Age Education. Download the Microsoft Word file from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/doc_download/252-consciousness-and-morality-recent-research-developments.html. Download the PDF file from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/251-consciousness-and-morality-recent-research-developments/file.html.

Moursund, D., & Sylwester, R., eds. (March, 2013). Common Core State Standards for K-12 education in America. Eugene, OR: Information Age Education. The book is available free. See http://i-a-e.org/downloads/doc_download/249-common-core-state-standards-for-k-12-education-in-america.html for the Microsoft Word document and http://i-a-e.org/downloads/doc_download/248-common-core-state-standards-for-k-12-education-in-america.html for the PDF.

Sylwester, R., & Moursund, D., eds. (August, 2012). Creating an appropriate 21st century education. Eugene, OR: Information Age Education. Download the PDF file from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/doc_download/243-creating-an-appropriate-21st-century-education.html and the Microsoft Word file from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/doc_download/242-creating-an-appropriate-21st-century-education.html.

References and Resources

IAE (2016). IAE Newsletters. Retrieved 1/2/2017 from http://i-a-e.org/iae-newsletter.html.

Moursund, D. (12/23/2016). The Fourth R. Eugene, OR: Information Age Education. Download the Microsoft Word file from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/289-the-fourth-r/file.html. Download the PDF file from http://i-a-e.org/downloads/free-ebooks-by-dave-moursund/290-the-fourth-r-1/file.html. Access the book online at http://iae-pedia.org/The_Fourth_R.