Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Preparing for Future Learning

According to a recent research study by Schneider et al.(2013) students who were initially engaged in open-ended exploration before reading new information outperformed students who used traditional textbook materials before solving a problem. The researchers found that the students who were first presented with an abstract problem to solve and then engaged in open exploration before reading became more productive. It was assumed they used their prior knowledge and intuitions.  Consequently, they were more likely to fully grasp the newer concepts.   

The implication for the COR Literacy Framework (or any other instructional program) is that a series of lessons (around a theme or topic) should first start with an open ended question (or a problem to solve). Students problem solving and suggesting possible solutions will help elicit  personalised learning goals which will test the sufficiency of their prior knowledge. This process will enable students to determine what else they might need to adequately solve the problem.    

Bertrand Schneider, Jenelle Wallace, Paulo Blikstein, Roy Pea, "Preparing for Future Learning with a Tangible User Interface: The Case of Neuroscience," IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 117-129, April-June 2013, doi:10.1109/TLT.2013.15

1 comment:

  1. This is an encouraging story of a well known personality. Definitely one that I would share with students. It affirms the need for a supportive person willing to give sufficient time on a regular basis. Having an interest or passion to lock into that is both motivating and rewarding seems to be the key.