ERIC Number: EJ785211
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Curricular Reforms Guide Schools: But, where to?
Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, v37 n2 p155-186 Jun 2007
The article deals with a particular aspect of the competencies-based approach in the curricula of basic and secondary education: the role of complex situations in learning. What should their role be so that education systems gain both in effectiveness and equity? Many research outcomes have shown that it is important to stress first and foremost complex "post" situations in learning knowledge, know-how and life-skills. It is a matter of complex situations (integrative pedagogy) in which the pupil is invited to use the knowledge, know-how and life-skills already acquired, not as ends in themselves, but as resources that the pupils employ to confront the complexity of their environment. It shows to what extent using the problem-solving approach to inculcate knowledge and know-how, in other words using complex situations for "prior" learning, represents a less suitable innovation.
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Strategies, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness, Experiential Learning, Learning Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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