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Making Time for Quiet Contemplation — The Learner's Way

17 September, 2017 - 18:08

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  • In our busy and highly connected lives it can be difficult to find time to slow down, to deliberately and mindfully engage in reflective contemplation. Taking the time to do so can be significant for success, creativity, mental well-being and learning and yet we seem to struggle to commit time to this valuable practice. Schools, in particular seem to offer little time for students to slow down and think, and with the busy lives students lead such time is often entirely absent. - Nigel Coutts

Tags: education, teaching, learning, contemplation, time

by: Nigel Coutts

Categories: International News

Contemplating the consequences of Constructivism — The Learner's Way

10 September, 2017 - 19:21

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  • Constructivism is one of those ideas we throw around in educational circles without stopping to think about what we mean by it. They are the terms that have multiple meanings, are at once highly technical and common usage and are likely to cause debate and disagreements. Constructivism in particular carries a quantity of baggage with it. It is a term that is appropriated by supporters of educational approaches that are in stark contrast to the opposing view; constructivism vs didactic methods or direct instruction. The question is what are the origins of constructivism and does a belief in this as an approach to understanding learning necessitate an abandonment of direct instruction or is this a false dichotomy? - Nigel Coutts

Tags: consequences, constructivism, education, teaching, learning

by: Nigel Coutts

Categories: International News
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