On any learning path, part of the journey is done alone. However, the presence of others will be an unavoidable factor, whether it is to guide or motivate us. In addition, we are constantly learning informally in our multiple social contacts.
For most of us, empathy evokes the ability to put ourselves in the other person's shoes, to try to understand what the other is going through. This important component of interpersonal relationships is sometimes confused with sympathy, compassion or altruism, but it can also be related to these concepts.
We owe the notions of surface and in-depth learning to Ference Marton and Roger Säljö, two Swedish researchers from the field of psychology. They were the first to find that the adoption of in-depth learning strategies was associated with a higher level of student success than so-called "surface" learning. Here are seven strategies that are essential for in-depth learning.
"What is important is rarely urgent, and what is urgent is rarely important." These are the words of the 34th President of the United States, who is said to have created the famous matrix that bears his name. This time and priority management tool is particularly appreciated for its ease of use and versatility. Like any tool of its kind, it is not perfect, but a few tips can help you get the most out of it!
In a previous article, we discussed the Pygmalion effect, a cognitive bias that can interfere with the teacher-learner relationship and have significant effects on learning. However, of the 250 or so cognitive biases known to date, it is not the only one that deserves special attention in education. Here are three other formidable ones: the bias blind spot, the halo effect and the curse of knowledge.
The way we perceive the learning process influences the way we approach learning tasks and thus the quality of our learning outcomes. As we saw in a previous article, adults face six different conceptions of the learning process.
Learning probably means different things to you than it does to your neighbour. Researchers who have explored the issue have found that there are six distinct ways of thinking about the learning process. This perception about learning is not trivial, since it influences how everyone approaches learning tasks, which ultimately affects the quality of their learning outcomes.
Many of the judgments we make daily, although they may seem sensible to us, are, in fact, far from rational and can lead us to make bad decisions. These erroneous judgments are called cognitive biases, and some 250 different ones are known to date.
Questions are essential for effective teaching, especially when they invite the learner to engage in high-level reflection. Well-formulated questions can also become a powerful tool for assessing teaching and learning. To guide you through this important exercise, here are some sample questions presented by level of difficulty and question type.
Learning is increasingly taking place in a technology-driven mode, whether or not it is combined with traditional classroom settings. Since this trend will become more prominent in the years to come, it is worthwhile to become familiar with these new realities. Here is a mini glossary of terms that will help you do just that.