Disciplina este problema – nu soluția!

În cele câteva luni în care am ”predat” la o școală de stat am putut observa în plină desfășurare lupta pentru putere dintre elevi și profesori. În ciuda încercărilor mele, disperate uneori, de a crea o relație de colaborare cu copiii, am înțeles, în cele din urmă, că o astfel de misiune nu are șanse de izbândă în sistemul tradițional. Oricât de bun profesor ai fi, oricât de progresiv ai gândi și oricât de mult ai iubi copiii, sunt prea multe constrângeri exterioare de care nu poți face abstracție (programa, segregarea pe vârste, orarul, evaluarea, notele etc.) În mod deloc surprinzător, aceste constrângeri sunt cele care fac să eșueze, din start, orice efort de creare a unui mediu propice învățării autentice.

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Rethinking How We Teach The ‘Net Generation’

Few will argue about America’s colleges and universities being critical to our economic and intellectual future. And by many measures, that future looks promising: Competition for places in the country’s top schools is fiercer than ever, more families are willing to pay higher tuition, and employers are putting a greater premium on a college degree.

But Don Tapscott, co-author of Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business And The World, argues that universities are woefully behind the times.

Tapscott — who has studied the digital revolution — tells NPR’s Neal Conan that the traditional lecture model in American universities is no longer appropriate for a generation that has grown up making, changing and learning from digital communities.

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TEDxEastsidePrep – Scott Young – Can you get an MIT education for $2,000?

The Trouble with Information Literacy

I’ve had this post in draft for a year now. I think its time has come…

For the past few years I have contributed to a module on “Research Skills” for students. In recent years (since we dropped statistics), my contribution has been an “information literacy” section based on finding, reading and critiquing scientific papers.

It’s silly to argue against the need for information literacy – the question is, how? The information literacy concept is too big and too nebulous to be useful to students – this idea is big, that idea is far away – and needs to be broken down into useful units proximal to student need. Students deal in information, not literacies.

What is encouraging is a new sense of reality about students actually work (rather than how they should theoretically work):
Lucy Holman (2011) Millennial Students’ Mental Models of Search: Implications for Academic Librarians and Database Developers. The Journal of Academic Librarianship 37(1): 19–27

But maybe the academic fox has already been shot. Should we just sign ’em up for the Google MOOC?

(Sigh, it appears I’ve signed up for yet another MOOC. Must think about trying to break this habit 🙂

Don Tapscott: Four principles of the Open World

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