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Constructivist teaching methods are more attuned to human cognition than those advocated by Traditionalists.

In my last BLOG I discussed the social aspects of cognition and cast further doubt on the fundamental arguments that substantiate traditional teaching methods,  responding to David Didau’s pedagogic prodding and probing. It is fair to say that traditional methods of Teaching and Learning are heavily reliant on the work of  Kirschner, Sweller and Clarke… Continue reading Constructivist teaching methods are more attuned to human cognition than those advocated by Traditionalists.

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A response to David Didau: Constructivism and Social Cognition

This BLOG is in response to David Didau.  I sometimes disagree with David, and I hasten to add agree as well. His constant pedagogic poking and prodding certainly makes you think and enriches the Teaching and Learning conversation. That said, I think this article is problematic. In the BTL conversation after the article David asked me to evidence my responses. Rather than engage… Continue reading A response to David Didau: Constructivism and Social Cognition

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We have Education as Science, and now Art but where is the Social?

In my last BLOG I described a feeling that some BLOGGERS have the attitude that science has the answers, and everything else is just various shades of “piffle”. Of course by science I mean the scientific method. Or, in reality some kind of discursive socially constructed variant of the scientific method that has, in some… Continue reading We have Education as Science, and now Art but where is the Social?

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We can tell VAK to “Vak Off”, but is Cognitive Science just another pedagogic placebo?

Tom Bennett is currently touring with his new single, “Vak Off” and other hits from his new album, “No brains in the Brain Gym”. Echoes of half man half biscuit for those who recall the slightly anarchic band from the 1980’s. Appearing live at ResearchED York he wowed the audience with the warmth of his… Continue reading We can tell VAK to “Vak Off”, but is Cognitive Science just another pedagogic placebo?