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Getty It’s not a new question, but it’s certainly a divisive one — how to best measure student learning. As the Department of Education works toward finding a way to assess student learning beyond what most agree are sub-par standardized tests , and movement for opting out of assessments grows , educators and those who work in the education system are attempting to define the criteria for themselves.
The learning styles debate crossed my radar on Twitter this week. It is time to make a ‘ State of the Union Address ‘ on this matter to spare millions of children from the disempowerment that arises through being allowed to remain in their comfort zone. As a profession we demonstrate a sloth like desire to interrogate these theories and settle for a quick misapplication of vocabulary we already possess:
About Me Steve Wheeler I'm Associate Professor of learning technology in the Faculty of Health, Education and Society, at Plymouth University.
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Why Is the Research on Learning Styles Still Being Dismissed by Some Learning Leaders and Practitioners?I have been battling the notion of "designing instruction for learning styles" in my own quixotic fashion for a couple of decades now. In my attempt to be a good steward of my clients' shareholders' equity I wished to help them avoid faddish instructional design practices that have been disproven by empirical research. I first learned back in the 1980s at NSPI (now ISPI) conferences that while self-reported learning style preferences do exist, that designing instruction to accommodate them has no basis.
November 30, 2011
Knowledge- able Most university classrooms have gone through a massive transformation in the past ten years. I'm not talking about the numerous initiatives for multiple plasma screens, moveable chairs, round tables, or digital whiteboards.
July 21,2011 by: Susan Edmondson Matthew King from Sugar-Salem High School has received compliments from Brent Hill.
Social constructivism is a sociological theory of knowledge that applies the general philosophical constructivism into social settings, wherein groups construct knowledge for one another, collaboratively creating a small culture of shared artifacts with shared meanings. When one is immersed within a culture of this sort, one is learning all the time about how to be a part of that culture on many levels. Its origins are largely attributed to Lev Vygotsky .