New theories about the science of learning from the Deans for Impact. Interesting findings include:
- The idea that we each have different learning styles? Unsupported by research.
- "Research shows that taking a quiz or forcing oneself to recall information is a better practice" than, say, rereading a book chapter or completing a study guide.
- Peer tutoring? "When we want a student to learn something, have the learners recall what they know and teach someone else instead of sitting with a few peer who already gets it."
- "Teachers [should] alternate practice with different kinds of content rather than practicing one type of problem several times before moving on."
My sense of this: The better able students are at being agents of their own learning, and the better teachers are at supporting that type of learning, the more students learn.