Thanks to Ferina Santos - @ferinasantos - for sharing this excellent article on trends in Education. I think it is a wonderful overview of what the future of education is going to be like. No prizes for guessing that the emphasis is on collective and collaborative learning techniques and mechanisms!
Read the full article here: The author is: Miriam Clifford - on Twitter
Here are some excerpts that appealed to my mind:
The quality of discussions is a predictor of the achievement of the group. Instructors should provide a model of how a successful group functions. Shared leadership is best. Students should work together on the of a group. Roles are important in group development. Task functions include:
- Initiating Discussions
- Clarifying points
- Challenging assumptions/devil’s advocate
- Providing or researching information
- Reaching a consensus.
Maintenance involves the harmony and emotional well-being of a group. Maintenance includes roles such as:
- Sensing group feelings
- Compromising and encouraging
- Relieving tension
- Bringing people into discussion
I am passionate about how we can reinvent education and learning methods so children are more engaged, excited and enthusiastic to be life-long learners. Of course, the other dimension is that they must be able to apply what they learn in their lives and, furthermore, use it to determine what their lives must be like (find their passion and gift and share it with the world.) I hope we are on the verge of a revolution! :-)