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Creativity and student learning

4 July 2010 One Comment



I’m getting back on the wagon! My blog is listed in the blog stats as ‘now defunct’!!! eeek!

So, I am just going to cross-post and share a few of the things I have been thinking and talking about lately.  I had the absolute privilege of being asked by students to talk with them about my views on education. Recently I spoke at TechHui in Wellington - a conference by students, for students.  It was videoed so I will post that when it becomes available.  However, in the meantime here is the Prezi I spoke to.

One of the things that I have really noticed in my work with teachers and trying to help them shift their practice is not their resistance to a new way of teaching and learning, but the resistance from many of the students.  This came through really strongly in my 2008 research - particularly with older students (final years of secondary schooling).  Students thought that the teaching practices we were introducing (inquiry and social constructivist) were more difficult than the ‘old way’.  In fact one student actually said to me - ‘you know the answers, you know what’s in the test, I’ll just wait for the answers from you’.  I think that it is something that we must be acknowledging, that our so called ‘digital native’ students have been conditioned for 10 or more years into a very traditional model of education - and not only do teachers need support to shift their practice, but we need to be supporting students as they adapt to a new way of learning which can be really different from what they may be used to.

The point of my presentation at TechHui was to challenge students to take responsibility for their own learning and to push for an education that allows them to be creative, collaborative and be curious.

One Comment »

  • Greg Carroll said:

    Students like being told what to do in the same way teachers do …. it’s easier, requires less challenge and more importantly less responsibility. If it all goes wrong and you are following instructions then “its not my fault”.
    Many primary schools now are encouraging children to be the actively engaged lifelong learners our national curriculum demands. As these children move into the secondary system this will drive a change in practice …. I hope.

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