Friday, February 9, 2024

Effective Learning Techniques Versus Feeling in Education Policy Development

In the last short talk at Team-Based Learning Collaborative Asia Pacific Community Symposium was by Prof Judy Currey at Deakin University. Professor Currey cited Deslauriers (2019), on the well known phenomenon that students prefer passive learning. It occurred to me that this might also apply to policy makers and legislators, who think that students learn best when listening to a teacher. Fortunately the head of the universities accord review, Professor O’Kane, gets it: "... stressed better tutorial-style teaching to provide for experiential learning and experimentation was needed ...' (Uni graduates lack crucial skills and online study is making it worse, Gus McCubbing and Tom Burton, AFR Aug 22, 2023).


Deslauriers L, McCarty LS, Miller K, Callaghan K, Kestin G. Measuring actual learning versus feeling of learning in response to being actively engaged in the classroom. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 Sep 24;116(39):19251-19257. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1821936116. Epub 2019 Sep 4. PMID: 31484770; PMCID: PMC6765278  DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1821936116.

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