"Bear in mind that the wonderful things you learn in your schools are the work of many generations, produced by enthusiastic effort and infinite labor in every country of the world. All this is put into your hands as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honor it, add to it, and one day faithfully hand it to your children. Thus do we mortals achieve immortality in the permanent things which we create in common." - Albert Einstein

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

How Much Do We Know About Learning?

Most readers of this blog have gone through school. Naturally, I might be able to assume that readers of this blog have formed some opinions regarding education. After all, we have experiences. So we must have ideas of what is effective in teaching or learning. Perhaps, we should then check if our ideas are correct or not. Boser from the Center for American Progress recently did such a survey in the United States and found that most people actually do not know what research-based evidence tells us regarding education.

Above copied from the
Center for American Progress
So I am curious as to how readers of this blog compare to the respondents in Boser's survey. Boser used multiple choice items that he created to survey Americans on their beliefs regarding learning. The actual questions Boser used, however, are not listed in the report. Luckily, Anya Kamenetz of NPR composed a quiz that captures Boser's survey, and I am taking the liberty of using that quiz for this blog to find where readers of this blog stand.

Please complete the following survey. This is short, just seven questions.

I did take the quiz and my results are shown below:

I got 7 (of 7) right and I am labeled a "Lifelong Learner". If you got less than 3 correct, you are labeled a "Learning Beginner", somewhere in the middle, you are labeled "Approaching Understanding". Where do you stand?

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