What makes people learn effectively? What can we do to promote more effective learning? Innumerable researchers have studied these questions, yet their findings tend to be fragmentary and disparate. This book aims to provide the big picture. Drawing on research from all sectors of education, the authors show how effective learning depends crucially on a few easily understood principles. These hold good regardless of the age or nature of the learner or the context in which the learner is working. The book explains those principles and how to apply them, showing in the process how to make the vision of an effective learning society a reality.
Janet Collins is a lecturer in education in the Centre for Curriculum and Teaching Studies at the Open University currently supervising EdD and MA programmes. Joe Harkin is a Reader in Education in the Institute of Education. Oxford Brookes University. Melanie Nind works closely with students in special schools in particular teaching students with severe learning difficulties.
Preface; 1. What is our understanding of learning; 2. Learning in infancy - A model for life?; 3. How can we enhance learning through relationships?; 4 Why does Communication break down; 5. Learner perspectives - Why start here?; 6. Do teachers' perspectives matter?; 7. Collaborative learning and collaborative teaching?; 8. Collaborating in learning communities?; 9. How does talking about communication help?; References