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Monday, June 26, 2006

Guidance Needed - Are we Misguided in Informal Learning and Collaborative Learning Techniques

Found via: Big Dog, Little Dog - a very interesting article: Why Minimal Guidance during Instruction Does Not Work: An Analysis of the Failure of Constructivist, Discovery, Problem-Based, Experiential, and Inquiry-Based Teaching - Educational Psychologist

It points out that open learning environments may not be good ways for people to learn. Doesn't this suggest that informal learning, collaborative learning and other approaches to learning that do not provide much guidance are - well - misguided?

1 comment:

Karyn Romeis said...

I worked for two years in an open learning centre and have to say that it doesn't work for everyone. In spite of having had the system explained to them before enrolment, many learners experienced a feeling of abandonment and the attrition rate was high. On the other hand, there were those who raced through the learning materials far more quickly than they would have done under instruction. I would be interested to see a study on the personality profiles of those who cope with open learning.