Dr. Barbara Oakley intrigues us as she talks about her book, “A Mind for Numbers.” What better person to have on the Greed for Ilm podcast than a self proclaimed “confused in math” queen whom has transitioned into a current Professor of Engineering. I am so glad to have spoken to Barbara about many different strategies she describes to help increase memory retention and sculpt the brain for deeper learning.
About Barbara Oakley
Barbara Oakley (born 1955) is a Professor of Engineering at Oakland University. She is involved in multiple areas of research, ranging from STEM education, to Engineering education, to learning practices.
Most recently, Professor Oakley has created and taught Learning How To Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects, the third biggest MOOC (online learning course) available on Coursera (link below).
Her book, A Mind For Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra) a standalone book, though it is also recommended for those who wish to learn more about the ideas presented in the MOOC.
Oakley has recently been featured in the Wall Street Journal with an op-ed article entitled How We Should Be Teaching Math.*
Topics & Links Mentioned in this Episode Include:
- Learning How to Learn
- Focused Mode vs Diffuse Mode of thinking