Learning for Understanding

I am currently enrolled in CEP 810 as part of my Masters of Arts in Educational Technology program.  My first assignment was to identify my understanding of what learning is and discuss teaching methods that support learning (understanding and conceptual change). After reading the first three chapters of Bransford, Brown & Cocking’s textbook, “How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School,” I give my insight into how learning is enabled through understanding and transfer.  In short, providing students with an environment where they can think about their thought processes (metacognition), be motivated and looking at students’ initial learning will ultimately help students learn for understanding and transfer the content knowledge to future learning experiences. The full essay (830 words) can be found HERE.

One thought on “Learning for Understanding”

  1. After teaching for eight years you must have some serious insight into what learning means to you! I kept that to heart as I read through your essay. I love that you brought up how multifaceted learning can be – from personal experiences to formal teachings. The idea of planning around the end goal is brilliant as it provides your students with ample opportunities to bring everything together in one complete project. It wasn’t part of the essay but I was wondering if you use any technology centered applications to assist in language learning? I can imagine that it could be complicated if the appropriate technology isn’t readily available.

    Looking forward to reading more!


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