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How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School

John D. Bransford, Ann L. Brown, and Rodney R. Cocking, editors 
http://books.nap.edu/html/howpeople1/ch7.html 

there is this quote in chapter seven , 

"Expert teachers have a firm understanding of their respective disciplines,
knowledge of the conceptual barriers that students face in learning about the discipline, and knowledge of effective strategies for working with students. Teachers' knowledge of their disciplines provides a cognitive roadmap to guide their assignments to students, to gauge student progress, and to support the questions students ask. The teachers focus on understanding rather than memorization and routine procedures to follow, and they engage students in activities that help students reflect on their own learning and understanding. " 

Is this all that is needed to be effective in teaching with the new technologies?  Effectiveness is certainly in the forefront today with all of the assessment hoopla and George Dubya's insistence on testing and vouchers. Can the new technologies provide more effectiveness to the process no matter what the level of preparation for the teacher? Or, as the above quote seems to suggest, have we remained at the same point of understanding about teaching that has been available during the last fifty years? 

Please read the entire chapter which contained this quote at this url: 

http://books.nap.edu/html/howpeople1/ch7.html 

After you have read the chapter and examined the examples of effective teaching provided in the chapter, try to answer my questions.

1. Can the new technologies provide more effectiveness to the process no matter what the level of preparation of the teacher?

2. Have we remained at the same point of understanding about teaching that has been available during the last fifty years?

3. Is this all that is needed to be effective in teaching with the new technologies? 

Taken from Walden University's course EDUC 6400--Dr. Spillers 9/4/02



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