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ERIC Number: EJ868680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
Learning in Depth: Students as Experts
Egan, Kieran; Madej, Krystina
Education Canada, v49 n2 p18-20, 22-23 Spr 2009
Nearly everyone who has tried to describe an image of the educated person, from Plato to the present, includes at least two requirements: first, educated people must be widely knowledgeable and, second, they must know something in depth. The authors would like to advocate a somewhat novel approach to "learning in depth" (LiD) that seems likely to meet the second requirement for an educated person. Their aim is to describe a simple and relatively inexpensive addition to the curriculum that could have a transformative influence on the school and radically change most students' experience of education in the process. The basic idea is that, in the first week of schooling, all children would be assigned a topic that they would continue to learn about during their whole school career, in addition to the usual curriculum. Topics could be as varied as apples, ships, dust, the solar system, or the circus. The aim is that each child, by the time of graduation from high school, will know as much about that topic as almost anyone on earth. This article discusses the benefits of in-depth learning, and looks at some potential objections and some suggested responses explaining why none of them is sufficiently compelling to discourage everyone from establishing some LiD pilot projects. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada