Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This article - an interview with Dan Willingham - is far too short. It would also be helpful to have the text of Willingham's recommendations, but of course the book isn't open access. Still, we get a sense of what he has been up to lately. As the author reports, Willingham's career has revolved around  frequently engaging in pop culture battles armed with (selected) academic research about learning styles, critical thinking, phonics, and other ideas favoured by an instruction-based community out there. In his current work he proposes a set of almost 100 tips for how to be a better student, some of which are research-based. The points highlighted centre on studying by probing your memory - in other words (and as expressed differently by people outside that community) activity-based learning. That is, using your knowledge rather than just reviewing it.

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