I’ve been wanting to jump in to the blogging world for some time and have finally been given the right push–Grad school! I’m currently taking CEP 810 through Michigan State University and this week, I have been asked to write an essay that explores what I understand about learning, understanding, and conceptual change. The full essay (685 words) can be found here and is influenced by my reading this week of Bransford, Brown & Cocking’s (2000) How People Learn. To summarize, I’ve constructed definitions of learning and understanding. I discuss differences in learning of novice and experts in a content and the connection to teaching. I provide some instructional insights to think about when dealing with novice in our context. I hope you enjoy my thoughts. I welcome comments or reflections.
Bransford, J., Brown, A.L. & Cocking, R. R. (Eds.), How people learn: Brain, mind, experience and school (pp. 3-79). Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press. Retrieved from http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?isbn=0309070368.