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Applied Evolutionary Psychology$
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S. Craig Roberts

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199586073

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586073.001.0001

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Application of evolutionary psychology to academic learning

Application of evolutionary psychology to academic learning

(p.78) Chapter 6 Application of evolutionary psychology to academic learning
Applied Evolutionary Psychology

David C Geary

Oxford University Press

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

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