Harmonizing Learning and Education

Michael Feldstein, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, Jan 02, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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Definitely read this long post from Michael Feldstein in response to Dave Cormier's recent set of articles about engagement (I find it fascinating that the truly heady thinking takes place in blog posts, not Twitter, and not academic journals). Here is the nub: "If you want high-performing workers, you need engaged workers. And you can’t force people to engage." Cormier's main point was that the primary purpose of education was to address the problem of engagement first, rather than learning this or that topic, arguing that people who are engaged in learning will be better and more productive employees in the future. Feldstein supports that intuition with some studies from Gallup. "It really comes down to feeling connected to your school work and your teachers, which does not correlate well with the various traditional criteria people use for evaluating the quality of an educational institution." Image: Marketing Land.

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