> In fact, Johnson and Rising not only do not make such > claims, but they explictly say that the ideas of discovery > learning have been around since at least the time of > Socrates. In short, sometimes it is hard to tell for sure > if messages about discovery learning and other forms of > learning are being pressed as something new, but other > times it is clear that the educators are not doing so, > especially when they explictily mention that these ideas > are not new.
I'm willing to concede the point in this specific case, and I would have while writing my earlier post, before seeing your comments, since my comments were primarily driven by the aggregate of the experiences I've had with these kinds of things (expensive teacher pre-service activities that cheerlead the latest fad). Too often, it seems to me, everyone (especially administrators and politicians who have little to no teaching experience) is looking for THE WAY or THE METHOD, such as discovery learning, assertive discipline, writing across the curriculum, student centered learning, authentic assessment, etc. Today a post appeared in the ap-caclulus group (see ) that captures my feelings very well, such as "My advice would be to try everything and end up with what works best for you".