Teaching children according to their individual “learning style” does not achieve better results and should be ditched by schools in favour of evidence-based practice, according to leading scientists. They say it is ineffective, a waste of resources and potentially even damaging as it can lead to a fixed approach that could impair pupils’ potential to apply or adapt themselves to different ways of learning.
From blended learning to AI tutors, algorithms are poised to reshape the way teachers engage with their students. But AI may do more than influence classroom experiences. It has the potential to replace classrooms entirely. We can't predict the degree of impact AI may have in education, but one thing seems clear: parents should expect to deal with more complexity and greater responsibility in overseeing their children’s education.
Today the most innovative companies in education recognize that the very substance of what we need to know has undergone a fundamental shift. This year’s list includes companies that support the development of new relevant skills, like computational thinking (Microsoft’s Minecraft) and critical thinking (Newsela). Others, like Pluralsight and 2U, give professionals a way to keep up to date and advance their careers without leaving their sofa.
Too often in education, we bring together multiple stakeholder groups to discuss teaching and learning in order to create a vision or explore issues related to education transformation. These meetings typically include representatives of nonprofits, think tanks, companies and leaders from districts and schools. And while we at times include teachers, the ultimate beneficiaries of these sessions are not invited. Why is the student perspective left out of a great number of our conversations about school and learning?
When you ask students “Why do you go to college?” Most of them answers “To get a job”. For decades, colleges and universities have approached career preparation the same way: they provide job-search tools, networking advice. But this approach must change because the landscape that graduates inherit already has. Some colleges are already implementing course work, advising, and seminars to help students to use their college years to figure out not only what they are good at doing but also what they are passionate about.
Researchers at the Universities of Leeds and Cape Town (UCT) will examine the effect digital technology has on staff, students and employers. The Unbundled University: Researching emerging models in an unequal landscape will look at the "unbundling" of higher education and ask if the traditional university – offering a single package for many aspects of the student experience including teaching, content and assessment – is still relevant.
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