Book Review of Cushman, K (2010) ‘Fires in the Mind: What Kids can tell us about Motivation and Mastery’

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Reviewed by:

Jack Lewars
Trustee, Independent Academic Research Studies
Ifeatu Nnaobi
Youth Advisory Group, Independent Academic Research Studies


The debate on how students should learn, particularly with regards to the methods
of support they require in order to flourish in school and as members of society, is
a longstanding one. Fires in the Mind is Kathleen Cushman’s most recent offering
in a line of publications delving into the issue of how young people experience
their education. In a similar to manner to previous books, Cushman works closely
alongside young people in order to gain unique insights into this field, this time
focusing on what it takes to get really good at something. With the help of What
Kids Can Do, Inc., a national not-for-profit organisation founded for the purpose of
making public the voices and views of adolescents, she incorporates the views and
perspectives of students…………

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