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reAct methodological design

reAct methodological design

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Published by Thieme Hennis
the reAct methodological design. More info on http://reactproject.eu
the reAct methodological design. More info on http://reactproject.eu

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Published by: Thieme Hennis on Jan 27, 2012
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Historically, education has focused more on memory than understanding. An emphasis on

understanding leads to one of the primary characteristics of current theories of learning: its

focus on the processes of knowing (Piaget & Cook, 1952; Vygotsky & M. Cole, 1978).

Humans are viewed as goal-directed agents who actively seek information. They enter a

learning process with a range of prior knowledge, skills, beliefs, and concepts that

significantly influence what they notice about the environment and how they organize and

interpret it (Lave, 1988; Lave & E. Wenger, 1991). This, clearly, can have both positive and

negative consequences for the learning process and their abilities to remember, reason,

solve problems, and acquire new knowledge. Effective learning environments, effective

support systems for learning, and effective teachers therefore take into account the

background of a learner.

New developments in the science of learning also emphasize the importance of helping

people take control of their own learning. Since understanding is viewed as important,

people must learn to recognize when they understand and when they need more

information. Effective learning environment therefore focus on sense-making, self-

assessment, and reflection on what worked and what needs improving (Paris & Winograd,

2003; Siemens, 2005; G Stahl, 2003; Gerry Stahl, Koschmann, & Suthers, 1999).

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