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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Learners are learning differently

Jane Hart reacts to the findings of the Pew Research Internet Project, which claims that many Americans believe the greater accessibility of digital information has improved their ability to learn new things.

Hart gives eight pieces of insight into the way learning is changing as a result of these ongoing processes: Read the rest of this entry »


E&T Foundation report on how Functional Skills qualifications are seen

The Education and Training Foundation have published a report that outlines current views from employers on Functional Skills qualifications. The report provides an useful overview on the current state of Functional Skills in England and gives some insight on how these qualifications are now viewed. The three major conclusions are: Read the rest of this entry »