This fourth report, produced in collaboration with SRI International, proposes ten innovations that are already in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education. You can see a summary of each innovation at the menu on the right. Please add your comments on the report and the innovations.
This infographic looks at some of the leading pedagogues from the past. Those listed on the graphic are:
- Lev Vygotsky is a behaviourist theorist and was behind the popular carrot-and-stick concept in education.
- Jean Piaget is much reputed for his theory of children’s cognitive development which posits that the cognitive abilities of kids grow gradually passing from one stage to the other.
- Brumer’s insights have tremendously helped the subsequent education theorists in understanding the perceptive abilities of learners and its correlation with the learning motivation.
- Bloom is best know for “Bloom’s Taxonomy” which he developed together with other educators to provide teachers with a thinking continuum to help them define how well a skill or competency is learned or mastered.
- Gardner’s ground breaking theory of multiple intelligences has shed more light on the different mental dispositions students possess and the relation of these dispositions with learning styles.
- Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development serves as the roadmap for a better understanding of the social growth of individuals.
This infographic compares and contrasts more traditional learning theories (Behaviorism, Constructivism, and Cognitivism) with a “digital age” theory (Connectivism). The original source of this graphic is no longer available.
Educator Grant Wiggins leads a workshop at Avenues on Understanding by design (UbD), a framework for improving student achievement that helps teachers clarify learning goals, devise assessments that reveal student understanding, and craft effective learning activities.
One of the classic works in undergraduate education is Seven Principles for Good Practice In Undergraduate Education, by Arthur W. Chickering and Zelda F. Gamson. The article begins:
Apathetic students, illiterate graduates, incompetent teaching, impersonal campuses–so rolls the drumfire of criticism of higher education. More than two years of reports have spelled out the problems. State have been quick to respond by holding out carrots and beating with sticks.
There are not enough carrots nor enough sticks to improve undergraduate education without the commitment and action of students and faculty members. They are the precious resources of whom the improvement of undergraduate education depends. Continue reading “Classic Works: Chickering and Gamson”