As we learn more about the brain and how it naturally learns, it is essential to devise learning environments that go with the grain of the brain.
John Abbott, Terence Ryan
The Initiative focused on learning, not schooling, for the obvious reason – at least to us – that if we weren’t clear about how people learned, we couldn’t begin a proper consideration of educational reform. Our standpoint was that the crisis in education stems from misunderstandings about how humans learn rather than any generalized failure of schools and teachers. In other words, we quickly realized we were dealing with a crisis in childhood, not simply a crisis in schooling. The conferences echoed the more widespread problem of how society at large can convert disparate new findings on learning into useful route maps for the future of education.
Read more at The 21st Century Learning Initiative.
John Abbott speaks about how an expert can lead the novice (student) through the stages of learning.
John Abbott discusses the theory of constructivism in learning.
John Abbott speaks on the ways that biological adaptation interacts with human culture.
John Abbott and Heather MacTaggart discuss the need for people to take the time to examine the current research about learning in order to envision and create the best possible system of education.
John Abbott and Heather MacTaggart discuss why the education of children is a concern of the whole society.
John Abbott and Heather MacTaggart discuss the fact that children need support and care from both family and the broader community.