Archive for April, 2014

April 28, 2014

Making the Learning Whole

In anticipation of my post 2 on education wars I needed to make a separate entry for David Perkins’s 7 principles of learning from his book Making the Learning Whole.


“Here are the two most popular answers to approaching complexity:

  1. ELEMENTS FIRST: Ramp into complexity gradually by learning elements now and putting them together later.
  2. LEARNING ABOUT: Learn about something to start with, rather than learning to do it.

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April 13, 2014

Education between Wars and Understanding (1)

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” (G. B. Shaw)


It is perhaps our greatest strength and our deepest vulnerability to believe in something. Education makes no exception when it comes to beliefs and values that underpin every single act of our teaching. Those who think that they possess a strong independent mind, unaltered by bias, fall prey to overt or hidden ideologies, even as they claim their neutrality by invoking research. In doing so, they forget that “research and politics are inextricably bound together.” (Cohen et al, Research Methods in Education).

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