7 Steps to Earning an UnPhD

Unschooling is a deeply patterned and designed process

Step #1 — Start Anywhere: Popular Books, Podcasts, and Magazines

Step #2 — Read The Books that Popular Media References

  • Made to Stick by Peter Brown (about assessments and memory)
  • Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin (about deliberate practice and mastery)
  • Mindset by Carol Dweck (the original researcher who coined the term growth mindset).
  • Deschooling Society by Ivan Illych (about transforming all of society into a learning experience)
  • John Dewey’s two classics: Experience in Education and Democracy and Education

Step #3 — Get a Few Hunches

Step #4 — Read The Papers Those Books Cite And The Papers Those Paper’s Cite.

  • “Interest and Its Contribution as a Mental Resource”— Suzanne Hidi
  • “Interest and Effort in Education” — John Dewey
  • “Self-Determination Theory and The Facilitation of Intrinsic Motivation, Social Development, and Well-Being” — Richard M. Ryan and Edward E. Deci
  • “The Role of Expectations and Attributions in the Alleviation of Learned Helplessness”— Carol S. Dweck
  • “Effective Teachers of Indian and Eskimo High School Students” — Judith Kleinfeld

Step #5 — Start Writing

Step #6 — Make an Original Contribution

Step #7 — Make Contact

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