Two Northwestern University researchers found that skilled researchers and effective teachers are neither substitutes nor complements for each other -- in fact, they have no relationship at all. Their research adds another perspective to a conversation that has troubled research universities for years: whether an emphasis on scholarship comes at a cost to quality instruction.
“If I can't figure something out I prefer to watch a YouTube video or text a friend rather than ask a teacher.” That was the message a student shared with a surprised audience of educators during a popular technology conference. Has teaching change in the age of Google? Today, with alternative facts and fake news it is more important than ever for our students to understand, that while Google is a useful source, educators are there to help them determine which sources are credible.
It’s natural to want students to develop a set of all-purpose cognitive tools with which to navigate their way through the world. Variously called “21st-century learning skills” or “critical thinking”, the aim is to equip students with a set of general problem-solving approaches that can be applied to any given domain. But can such things be taught? Carl Hendrick argues that general critical thinking skills cannot be so easily transferred from one context to another.
According to a Hechinger Report investigation, at more than 200 US campuses, more than half of incoming students must take remedial courses. The numbers reveal a glaring gap in the nation’s education system: A high school diploma, no matter how recently earned, doesn’t guarantee that students are prepared for college courses.
For more than 100 years higher education has largely resisted, but Higher Ed is poised for its leapfrogging moment. While the degree is still the coin of the realm, in this uncertain economy, many students are increasingly skeptical that degrees are a worthwhile investment. Leading to an unprecedented demand for non-degree credentials: Currently, 41 million adults hold some form of non-degree credential.
Why is Professor Malan’s course so popular, even with students who don’t plan a career in computer science—and even though it requires a lot of work? Here are three keys to Malan’s effective teaching that schools everywhere should apply, from K-12 schools to colleges and universities.
Approximately 6.8 million American adults, 3.1% of the population, have Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Nearly 5 million, 6.7% of the population, have been diagnosed with depression. And if you think the proportion of teachers suffering from those conditions may be even higher, you may be right. Read how other teachers manage these conditions.
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