Virtually every higher education institution has in its mission statement or some other sloganistic pronouncement reference to the development of critical thinking skills - also known as higher thinking skills of formal operational thinking. We know from extensive research that brain development during adolescence confers on adults without intellectual disability the ability to engage in … Continue reading Higher Thinking and Higher Education
I am an educational reformer - because I truly believe education is broken. Unfortunately, the current philosophies for moving education forward are founded in traditional education. Traditional education, with roots in social constructionist philosophies, tell us that reality is a social construct, and so there is no such thing as an objective truth. As a … Continue reading Discussion Group – Continued Professional Development
I just finished teaching my University class yesterday, and one of the focusses this year (by the students) was a focus on mindsets. Several of them wrote about mindsets, and a couple of them drew the link between mindset and learning styles (they were prompted during their presentations by someone). It has reminded me again … Continue reading Mindset (again) and Learning Styles (again)
Unbelievable! Discovery based learning - a huge failure in the wrong context - is the latest fad in teaching math to children in Canada. Discovery-based learning is the idea that someone is given a problem to resolve, and they will explore ways to solve the problem. Brilliant idea, but problematic to the core. Problem-based learning … Continue reading Discovery Learning in Math?
There is a paradigm shift taking place in learning today. I have written before that there is a paradigm shift in education, but the status quo is reinforcing the traditional trenches in a way that is unbelievable in today's world. Just as the Germans simply zipped around the impregnable Maginot line (the massively reinforced trenches from WWI) … Continue reading Information Digitization – a Paradigm Shift
I have written before about the drive for conformity in education. Given the massification of education which has led to huge classrooms with, literally, hundreds of students being taught, conformity is essential. It has become, unabashedly, one of the central and core tenants of education. When I wrote about conformity three years ago, I focussed on … Continue reading Conformity and Education
Last week I posted about the lack of ability to engage in deductive reasoning in the general adult population. As well as the problems I highlighted there, one aspect that deserves further attention is the effect that has on moral development. Piaget assumed that all people, when they reached adolescence, would progress naturally from his … Continue reading Moral Reasoning