Book Review List

***Please Note***
While this list is not an exhaustive list it should provide you with a good starting point. Please consult the instructor when you choose the book you will review, if you wish to choose a book that is not listed here that is fine too.


  • Skinner, B. (1976). About Behaviorism. Vintage.
  • Watson, J. B. (2008). Behaviorism. West Press. 
Brain Theory
  • Arbib, M. A. (2002). The Handbook of Brain Theory and Neural Networks: Second Edition (2nd ed.). The MIT Press. 
  • Edelman, G. M. (2007). Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge. Yale University Press. 
Cognitive Science
  • Thagard, P. (2005). Mind: Introduction to Cognitive Science, , 2nd Edition (2nd ed.). The MIT Press.
  • Friedenberg, J. D., & Silverman, D. G. (2005). Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind. Sage Publications, Inc. 
  • Papert, S. A. (1993). Mindstorms: Children, Computers, And Powerful Ideas (2nd ed.). Basic Books. 
  • Duffy, T. M., & Jonassen, D. H. (1992). Constructivism and the Technology of Instruction: A Conversation. Routledge.
  • Piaget, J., & Inhelder, B. (1972). The Psychology Of The Child (2nd ed.). Basic Books.
  • Wadsworth, B. J. (2003). Piaget's Theory of Cognitive and Affective Development: Foundations of Constructivism (Allyn & Bacon Classics Edition) (5th ed.). Allyn & Bacon.
Cultural Historical Activity Theory/Sociocultural Theory
  • Cole, M. (1996). Cultural psychology: A once and future discipline. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  • Engeström, Y., Mietinen, R., & Punamaki, R.-L. (1999). Perspectives on activity theory. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. 
  • Wertsch, J. V. (1991). Voices of the mind: A Sociocultural approach to mediated action. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
  • Wertsch, J. V. (1998). Mind as action. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Vygotsky, L.S. (1962). Thought and Language. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Vygotsky, L.S. (1978). Mind in Society. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  • Yamagata-Lynch, L. C. (2010). Activity Systems Analysis Methods: Understanding Complex Learning Environments. New York: Springer.
  • Holmes, D. D. (2005). Communication Theory: Media, Technology and Society. Sage Publications Ltd.
  • Shepherd, D. G. J., John, P. J. S., & Striphas, T. (2005). Communication as ...: Perspectives on Theory. Sage Publications, Inc. 
Communities of Practice
  • Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning and Identify. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 
  • Wenger, E., McDermott, R., & Snyder, W. M. (2002). Cultivating Communities of Practice. Harvard Business Press.
Design Thinking
  • Cross, N. (2006). Designerly Ways of Knowing. Springer.
  • Krippendorff, K. (2005). The Semantic Turn: A New Foundation for Design. CRC Press.
  • Lawson, B. (2004). What Designers Know. Architectural Press.
  • Lawson, B. (2005). How Designers Think, Fourth Edition: The Design Process Demystified (4th ed.). Architectural Press.
  • Lawson, B., & Dorst, K. (2009). Design Expertise. Architectural Press.
Diffusion of Innovation
  • Rogers, E. M., & Rogers, E. (2003). Diffusion of Innovations, 5th Edition. Free Press. 
Ecological Psychology
  • Gibson, J. J. (1983). The Senses Considered as Perceptual Systems. Greenwood Press Reprint. 
  • Gibson, J. J. (1986). The Ecological Approach To Visual Perception (New edition.). Psychology Press. 
Elaboration Theory
  • Reigeluth, C. (1987). Instructional Design Theories and Models. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum Associates.
  • Reigeluth, C. (1987). Instructional Design Theories in Action. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum Associates.
Experiential Learning
  • Baker, A. C., Jensen, P. J., & Kolb, D. A. (2002). Conversational Learning: An Experiential Approach to Knowledge Creation. Quorum Books. 
  • Kolb, D. A. (1983). Experiential Learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development. Prentice Hall.
  • Rogers, C.R. & Freiberg, H.J. (1994). Freedom to Learn (3rd Ed). Columbus, OH: Merrill/Macmillan. 
General Problem Solving
  • Newell, A. (1990). Unified Theories of Cognition. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  • Newell, A. & Simon, H. (1972). Human Problem Solving. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
Genetic Epistemology
  • Piaget, J. (1929). The Child's Conception of the World. NY: Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich.
  • Piaget, J. (1969). The Mechanisms of Perception. London: Rutledge & Kegan Paul.
  • Paiget, J. (1970). The Science of Education and the Psychology of the Child. NY: Grossman.
Gestalt Theory
  • Kohler, W. (1992). Gestalt Psychology: An Introduction to New Concepts in Modern Psychology. Liveright Publishing Corporation.
Human Computer Interaction
  • Carroll, J. (2003). HCI models, theories, and frameworks : toward a multidisciplinary science. Morgan Kaufmann.
  • Kaptelinin, V., & Nardi, B. A. (2006). Acting with Technology: Activity theory and Interaction Design. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.  
  • Nardi, B. A. (1995). Context and Consciousness: Activity Theory and Human-Computer Interaction. The MIT Press.   
  • Shneiderman, B., Plaisant, C., Cohen, M., & Jacobs, S. (2009). Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction (5th ed.). Addison Wesley. 
  • Sharp, H., Rogers, Y., & Preece, J. (2007). Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction (2nd ed.). Wiley. 
Human Performance Technology
  • Gilbert, T.F.(1996). Human Competence: Engineering Worthy Performance. Amherst, MA, and Washington, DC: Human Resources Development Press and International society for performance Improvement. (Reissue of 1978 McGraw-Hill Edition) 
  • Tiem, D. M. V., Moseley, J. L., & Dessinger, J. C. (2004). Fundamentals of Performance Technology, Second Edition (2nd ed.). International Society for Performance Improvement. 
Information Architecture
  • Ausubel, D. (2010). The Acquisition and Retention of Knowledge: A Cognitive View. Springer. 
  • Brown, J.S. and Duguid, P.(2000). The social life of information. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press.
  • Eason, K. (1988). Information Technology and Organizational Change, London; New York: Taylor & Francis.
  • Rosenfield, L.& Moreville, P. (2002). Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-Scale Web Sites. Cambridge: O'Reilly & Associates; 2nd edition.
Instructional Theory
  • Anderson, J. (1983). The Architecture of Cognition. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  • Bransford, J.D. & Stein, B.S. (1993). The Ideal Problem Solver (2nd Ed). New York: Freeman.
  • Sweller, J. (1999), Instructional Design in Technical Areas. Camberwell, Victoria, Australia: Australian Council for Educational Research.
  • Merrill, M.D. (1994). Instructional Design Theory. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Educational Technology Publications.
  • Gagne, R. (1985). The Conditions of Learning (4th ed.). New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston .
  • Bruner, J. (1966). Toward a Theory of Instruction. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  • Bruner, J. (1990). Acts of Meaning. Cambridge. MA: Harvard University Press.
Knowledge Management
  • Nonaka, I., Takeuchi, H. & Hiro Takeuchi (1995). The Knowledge-Creating Company: How Japanese Companies Create the Dynamics of Innovation. Oxford : Oxford University Press.
Model Centered Instruction and Design Layering
  • Gibbons, A. S., & Fairweather, P. G. (1998) Computer-Based Instruction: Design and Development. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Educational Technology Publications.
  • Bandura, A. (1997). Self-Efficacy: The Exercise of Control. Worth Publishers.
  • Bandura, A. (1976). Social Learning Theory (Facsimile.). Prentice Hall.
  • Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2008). Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. Harper Perennial Modern Classics. 
  • Maslow, A. (1970). Motivation and Personality( 2nd ed). New York: Harper & Row
  • Wlodkowski, Raymond J. (2000). Creating highly motivating classrooms for all students: a schoolwide approach to powerful teaching with diverse learners. San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass.
Multiple Intelligences
  • Gardner, H. E. (1993). The Unschooled Mind: How Children Think And How Schools Should Teach. Basic Books. 
  • Gardner, H. E. (1993). Frames Of Mind: The Theory Of Multiple Intelligences (10th ed.). Basic Books. 
  • Gardner, H. E. (2006). Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons in Theory and Practice. Basic Books. 
Organizational Learning
  •  Argyris, C. (1999). On Organizational Learning (2nd ed.). Wiley-Blackwell.   
  • Argyris, C., & Schon, D. A. (1995). Organizational Learning II: Theory, Method, and Practice. FT Press. 
  • Harvard Business Review Press. (2001). Harvard Business Review on Organizational Learning. Harvard Business Press. 
Problem Solving
  • Jonassen, D. H. (2007). Learning to Solve Complex Scientific Problems. Routledge.
  • Jonassen, D. H. (2010). Learning to Solve Problems: A Handbook for Designing Problem-Solving Learning Environments. Routledge.
Situated Learning
  • Lave, J. (1988). Cognition in Practice: Mind, mathematics, and culture in everyday life. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Lave, J., & Wenger, E. (1990). Situated Learning: Legitimate Peripheral Participation. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press
  • Rogoff, B. (1999). Everyday Cognition: Development in Social Context. iUniverse. 
  • Suchman, L. (2006). Human-Machine Reconfigurations: Plans and Situated Actions (2nd ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
Social Capital/ Social Network Analysis
  • Cross, R. L., Parker, A., & Cross, R. (2004). The Hidden Power of Social Networks: Understanding How Work Really Gets Done in Organizations. Harvard Business Press.
  • Lin, N. (2001). Social Capital: A Theory of Social Structure and Action. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Scott, J. (2000). Social network analysis: A handbook (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 
Systems Theory/Thinking
  • Meadows, D. H. (2008). Thinking in Systems: A Primer. Chelsea Green Publishing.  
  • Jamshid, G. (2005). Systems Thinking, Second Edition: Managing Chaos and Complexity: A Platform for Designing Business Architecture (2nd ed.). Butterworth-Heinemann.
Technology and Feminism
  • Butler, Judith, et al.(1992). Feminists Theorize the Political. New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul.
  • Cameron, Deborah (1990). The Feminist Critique Language. New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul.
  • Gilligan, Carol (1982). In A Different Voice. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
  • Harding, Sandra (1991). Whose Science? Whose Knowledge? Ithaca, Cornell University Press.
  • Kramarae, Cheris (1988). Technology and Women’s Voices. New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul.
Triarchic Theory
  • Sternberg, R. J. (1997). Thinking styles. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Sternberg, R. J. (Ed.). (1999) Handbook of creativity. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Video Game Design and Learning
  • Gee, J. P. (2003). What video games have to teach us about learning and literacy. New York: Palgrave-MacMillan.
  • Shaffer, D. W. (2008). How Computer Games Help Children Learn. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Gee, J. P. (2007). Good Video Games and Good Learning. Peter Lang. 

Last Updated January 13, 2011