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Richard Hake

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Latest Doceamus against inquiry-based learning
Posted: Dec 9, 2010 2:30 PM
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Some subscribers to MathEdu might be interested in a recent post
"Latest Doceamus against inquiry-based learning" [Hake (2010)]. The
abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: A recent thread "Latest Doceamus against inquiry-based
learning" on the "Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education"
(RUME) list has discussed an article by Sweller, Clark, & Kirschner
(SCK) (2010) titled "Teaching General Problem-Solving Skills is Not a
Substitute for, or a Viable Addition to, Teaching Mathematics"
<http://bit.ly/i7wori> and published in the November 2010 issue of
"Notices of the AMS."

Math-problem guru Alan Schoenfeld wrote: "Sweller and colleagues set
up a straw man, the notion of 'general problem solving' as a
counterpoint to mathematical knowledge [but] there are techniques of
mathematical problem solving, and there's plenty of evidence that
students can learn them, so the opposition Sweller and colleagues use
to frame their paper is nonsensical. . . . ."

Sweller and colleagues have previously set up straw men - the title
of their tract "Why Minimal Guidance During Instruction Does Not
Work: An Analysis of the Failure of Constructivist, Discovery,
Problem-Based, Experiential, and Inquiry-Based Teaching"
<http://bit.ly/duJVG4> invokes the straw men "Minimal Guidance" and
"Failure" but critics of Sweller et al. point out that these methods
are generally neither: (a) "un-guided or minimally guided," nor (b)

To access the complete 23 kB post please click on <http://bit.ly/etl0dc>.

Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
Honorary Member, Curmudgeon Lodge of Deventer, The Netherlands
President, PEdants for Definitive Academic References which Recognize the
Invention of the Internet (PEDARRII)

REFERENCES [URL shortened by <http://bit.ly/> and accessed on 09
December 2010.]
Hake, R.R. 2010. "Latest Doceamus against inquiry-based learning,"
online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at <http://bit.ly/etl0dc>. Post
of 8 Dec 2010 19:58:52-0800 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and
link to the complete post are being distributed to various discussion
lists and are also on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at
<http://bit.ly/fFzJn8> with a provision for comments.

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