ERIC Number: ED452305
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Research and Practice on How People Learn.
Bridglall, Beatrice L.
Pedagogical Inquiry and Praxis, n1 Mar 2001
This article summarizes findings and recommendations about how to apply research on teaching and learning to classroom practice presented in "How People Learn: Bridging Research and Practice." Section 1 examines existing links between learning research and education practice. Section 2 highlights the ways that people learn, noting three findings that have implications for education practice: students come to the classroom with preconceptions about how the world works; to develop competence in an area of inquiry, students must master information in such a way that allows for the transformation of a set of facts into usable knowledge; and strategies can be taught that allow students to monitor their understanding and progress in problem solving. Section 3 discusses classroom environments that promote learning, advocating that schools embody four interrelated characteristics: maintain a learner-centered environment; pay attention to what is taught, why it is taught, and what competence or mastery looks like in order to provide a knowledge-centered classroom environment; conduct ongoing formative assessments designed to make students' thinking visible to both teachers and students; and pay attention to the context in which learning occurs. (Contains 18 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Context Effect, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Formative Evaluation, Higher Education, Learning, Prior Learning, Student Centered Curriculum, Teaching Methods, Theory Practice Relationship
Attn. Paula Russell, Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, Box 75, 525 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 212-678-3444. Web site: http://iume.tc.columbia.edu.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
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Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Inst. for Urban and Minority Education.