How, When And Why: The Key to Deep Learning
Elise Young reports on InsideHigherEd:
“Educators should not teach only facts and formulas—they should also teach students how to use that subject knowledge to remain academically motivated, think critically, and communicate ideas to others, according to a report about education and life skills released Tuesday by the National Research Council.
The report—’Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century’—promotes ‘deeper learning,’ a process through which students learn how, when and why to apply specific situational knowledge to solve problems in other areas within a discipline. This is called ‘transferable knowledge.’
When students acquire this subject knowledge and the ability to apply it, they have what the report’s authors called ’21st-century competencies.’ The report identifies three types of skill groups that compose these competencies: cognitive (critical thinking and problem solving), intrapersonal (organization and responsibility), and interpersonal (communication and collaboration). Read more here.
Knowing “how, when and why” to apply the knowledge we’ve learned—that’s the key.