Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A learning theory for 21st century learners

Marie Sontag has written an interesting article in the latest Innovate journal.
She argues that due to students being so involved with connective technologies that this impacts on cognitive processes and that educational theory must change to accommodate these changes.
She acknowledges the need to incorporate elements from other theories that are relevant and to restructure them to meet the needs of the students.
In the article she describes a social- and cognitive- connectedness schemata (SCCS) theory and presents a study to show increases in transfer by using a model designed on this theory. In the SCCS model she discusses student behaviours as 'link, lurk and lunge' (see graphic).
This article has many ideas for us to ponder and is worth reading.

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