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Week 9

March 28, 2013

The overall question for this week is, “Is there value in examining one’s beliefs about learning in order to enhance teaching?” Frankly, I don’t see how anyone can argue that there is not value in doing this. If we don’t think about how we learn, we can’t identify ways to effectively teach. But it doesn’t stop there. We can’t let our own learning style/bias influence us to the point where we don’t consider ways that others learn that vary from how we learn. I believe good teachers have multiple ways of presenting the same material for different learning styles of students in the course. 

The learning taxonomies seem to me that they’re all saying the same thing with different words and diagrams. One guy uses a pyramid, another guy uses right-facing stairs. The ideas in the diagrams are mostly the same and come down to which wording style is preferred for equivalent concepts. Having said that, I like Shulman’s the best. 

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  1. bwatwood permalink

    “… I believe good teachers have multiple ways of presenting the same material for different learning styles of students in the course.”

    As we saw in last week’s reading, Willingham would argue that there are not different learning styles (based on cognitive research)….but he would still agree with you on providing material in multiple ways to reach different learning abilities. As you note…different words – similar ideas.

  2. @grad602. Like what you said about the learning taxonomies. They all pretty much say the same thing but just present it differently. The focuses are similar, you have a new learner, and the more they are exposed to information, are given the tools to grow, then are allowed to use that information and visualize the connections, then you start to get to a higher level of learning. Think that is the overwhelming theme of the taxonomies. Also agree with you that good teachers have multiple ways of presenting the same material. This benefits the student. We aren’t all molded the same, we have different needs and my way of learning could be different from yours so I may need more hands on instruction, so definitely teach me in ways that I can relate to!

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