One of the other students wrote:
Discussion 3 – Theories of Learning and Cognition
I find your description of preparing students for the AP as a step by step method. I'm sure many students like the feeling that "if I just keep at this, I will get there."i'm curious, why does cognitive concept turn into a depersonalization of learning?
I have an excellent ebook that shows how cognitive and project based learning can be individualized. Tell me your out of blackboard email and I'll get it to you. My email is EDDSteve@gmail.com
On page 332, Staettler writes, "the learner as an active part of the learning process. This view says that effective learning depends largely on what the learn knows and on the active cognitive processing that takes place during instruction." (as you have quoted)... -- This must mean individual attention. ... hence a reverse of the depersonalization or standardization that is found in "mastery" learning machines (are you familiar with APEX software that many high schools use?)
Staettler, P. (2004).
Littky, D. (2004). The big picture: Education is everybody's business. Alexanderia, VA: ASCD.
i recommend Dennis Littky
great interview on National public radio
or you can go to npr.org
School Features Real-World Learning, No Grades : NPR
comment by Rosnel Joseph
REPLY BY STEVE
When you start your school, Rosnel, I hope you will focus on individualizing and differentiating the work and the rewards. I think there is something positive in having a standard goal that many people can respect and aim for, such as the certificate or diploma. Maybe there is a school award for best improved student.
But some people need little rewards that make sense for them. I hope you enjoy the Littky book that I gave you because it has inside there the core of the balance of behaviorism (rewards) and cognitive (individual constructions of meaning).
I have been a teacher too long and I'm using "psycho talk" and "academic talk" instead of how real people talk. I hope we can translate this discussion into something that parents and young students can understand.
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