Classes should do hands-on exercises before reading and video

9 Apr

Stanford researchers say

A study from the Stanford Graduate School of Education of how students best learned a neuroscience lesson showed a distinct benefit to starting out by working with an interactive 3D model of the brain.

s.note: hmmm… didn’t we know this already?????

“We are showing that exploration, inquiry and problem solving are not just ‘nice to have’ things in classrooms,” said Blikstein. “They are powerful learning mechanisms that increase performance by every measure we have.”

The research comes out as the idea of a “flipped classroom,” in which students first watch videos or read texts and then do projects in the classroom, has been growing in popularity at colleges and graduate schools. The study’s conclusion suggests that the current model of the flipped classroom should itself be flipped upside down. The researchers advocate the “flipped flipped classroom,” in which videos come after exploration and not before.

s.note: ok, we did know…

The study buttresses what many educational researchers and cognitive scientists have been asserting for many years: the “exploration first” model is a better way to learn. In addition to these published findings, the researchers spoke at an American Educational Research Association meeting earlier this year about another study that used instructional video instead of text and obtained the same results. The team is now conducting follow-up studies.

“With this study, we are showing that research in education is useful because sometimes our intuitions about ‘what works’ are simply dead wrong,” said Blikstein.

s.note: meanwhile the elementary science is mostly pen-on-paper and we push more iPads in the classroom by the hour and the earlier the better…

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