Mistaking engagement for learning

David Didau, writing on Learning Spy, raises an uncomfortable question: does learner engagement really matter? This extremely well researched article at the very least should prompt teachers to question some of their assumptions.

The main points are:

  • A well functioning class in which learners are busy and engaged does not necessarily mean learning is going on.
  • Learners tend to become engaged most with material they are already familiar with.
  • In some case engagement may even hamper learning.

Read the full article here.

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