Ann Brown

Psychologist, Award Winner

1943 – 1999


Who was Ann Brown?

Ann Leslie Brown was an educational psychologist who developed methods for teaching children to be better learners. Her interest in the human memory brought Brown to focus on active memory strategies that would help enhance human memory and developmental differences in memory tasks. Her realization that children's learning difficulties often stem from an inability to use metacognitive strategies such as summarizing led to profound advances in educational psychology theory and teaching practices.

Brown received a PhD in psychology from the University of London for research on “Anxiety and Complex Learning Performance in Children.” She moved to the United States where she met her husband and collaborator Joseph Campione. Brown received several prestigious awards for her research and served as president of American Educational Research Association.

In the words of one fifth-grade student quoted by Palincsar:

Ann Brown—she’s really very sophisticated. She knows a lot about a lot of things. It’s no wonder people picked her to be president of AERA. She’s good at organizing and she keeps track of all our work no matter how much we do. She spends a lot of time with kids. Yeah, that’s what I like. When she comes to school she spends time with the kids instead of the adults. She listens to make sure that we have learned. To tell you the truth, she really is a big help. She makes you feel so proud of yourself. You know, your self-confidence gets better.

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Jan 26, 1943
Also known as
  • Ann Lesley Brown
  • Ann Leslie Brown
  • Ann L. Brown
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • PhD, University of London
    ( - 1967)
Lived in
  • San Francisco Bay Area
    (1988 - 1999/06/04)
Jun 4, 1999

on July 23, 2013


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