Education

higher-edHigher Education as a Drunken Brawl

This short article briefly examines the medieval origins of higher education, with a lesson that we could, perhaps, take to heart.

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Grandmother with adult daughter and grandchildGenerations of Learning

The ways that we understand learning have changed. This article explores three ways that we understand learning, and how that understanding has changed through the years.

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grandmotherDo we Need a Paramedic or a Grandmother?

This monograph identifies four roles with which we interact with students during inquiry learning. Matching teacher role with student need is critical for the most effective learning. o

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Life-long-learning

Agile Learning

This monograph looks at 4 skills needed to become a self-directed, life-long learner.

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Learning as a Slow Meander

This article discusses a more purposeful and complex definition of learning. The standard definition of learning was built in the 1920s, and confuses information and knowledge.

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What Learning is Not

Many teachers have little training in the meandering, unpredictable path of learning. In an effort to understand that learning path, we first have to understand what learning is not.

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The Four Levels of Inquiry Learning

Many teachers do inquiry learning, but not all forms of inquiry learning are created equal. This article outlines the reasons to practice inquiry learning, the role of the teacher, and the four levels.

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Standardized Testing: The New Phrenology?

In the 1800s, a new “science” became popular. Called phrenology, it claimed to be able to read the personality of a person by the bumps on the head.  This pseudo-science became popular in the United States because a few instruments were invented (and sold!) that actually made measurements of the head, leading to accurate-sounding data. Read more about how standardized testing and phrenology are related.

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How to Write a Literature Review One of the things that most university students have to do, is write a literature review. Typically, the lit review process is accompanied by weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth. However, if done well, the final product is a rewarding package of insights. I’ve created this guide to help. The first half of the article is available here for free. The full article is available on the Amazon Kindle.

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