TAP Stage Two: Learning Research

No matter how exciting any classroom activity may be, it needs to be grounded in learning theory and research. In Stage Two you will explore some of the background research that supports this project and examine why classroom teachers need to have a sense of urgency about changing the way we teach.

Will Richardson: Why School?
This article presents a number of thought-provoking statements about the current education system. What challenges you most in this short article?

John Seely Brown: New Ways of Learning
This short YouTube clip highlights JSB’s ideas about the new culture of learning that is emerging in online communities. You can read more in the book “A New Culture of Learning” he has co-authored with Douglas Thomas; I can’t recommend it enough! What seems most meaningful from this clip?

James Paul Gee: Humans Learn From Experience
JPG is an influential researcher into how games lead to deep and lasting learning. There’s no need to read this whole paper, just go through the section on “Optimal Human Learning” (ends middle of page 5). Which of the stages of the learning experience do you think schools are NOT catering to?

Carl Rogers: Experiential Learning
Carl Rogers was a pioneering psychologist responsible for many facets of what we currently take for granted in psychology. His work and research has also been used in education. What ramifications for learning arise from his research?

To complete Stage Two of The Awesome Project, read / view any two of the above links and post a thoughtful comment about how any of these ideas match your own personal thoughts about education.

Assessment:

Respond thoughtfully to the ideas of another learner who has already posted in the comments by asking them a clarifying question or building on their ideas. (Or if you are the first learner ask me a clarifying question in the comment section.)

Great work! You’re ready for Stage Three. Click on the lightbulb to move forward.

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Image Licensing Information

Image licensed by Julia Bickerstaff under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0. Original image can be found here.

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