Mieke van Groenestijn on firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: > > Jack Rotman wrote: > > > > Mieke: > > Thanks for the further reply. I'll just add a little. > > > > > > > When we talk about 'learning to learn' then people also must know WHY > > > and HOW and for WHAT. Learning to learn is not meant as a skill in its > > > own. > > > We have an honest difference of opinion of the "learning to learn" > > skill; to me, I'd place this towards the top of the priorities in each > > of my courses. > > > > Jack, > > I am not sure whether we have an 'honest difference of opinion'. > We didn't explain much, yet. > In my courses (and in our whole institute of Higher Education) Learning > to Learn is priority number one too, but what I meant to say is that > 'Learning to learn' is not a goal in its own. Actually, we DO have an honest difference of opinion; "learning to learn" is a goal in its own right (in my view) -- our students (and all of us) need to develop a stronger, richer set of learning skills as well as a attitude that supports learning.
> > I think that we (teachers, trainers, lecturers, etc.) don't have the > right to work at difficult (math) issues, of which the 'why' is unclear > for (adult) students, with the implicite goal of: that's good for their > 'learning to learn'-process and more of such general 'vague' skills. > > Learning to learn is a very important topic in the framework of > 'Lifelong Learning' and as it is the European year of Lifelong Learning > now (1997), much attention has being paid to 'learning to learn' skills > in European countries nowadays. People must also be able to learn in > learning situations without any teacher because in the near future many > teaching-tasks will be taken over by ICT-means and other 'things'. What is "ICT"??
> That is why I said: people must know WHY and HOW and FOR WHAT! And in my > opinion this should concern all (!!) students, whatever what level. > > And I agree Lynne's note that adults should not simply replicate their > childhood experiences in > school... They need to develop skills for 'self-directing-learning'. > > Mieke >
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