What does it mean when we say ‘contemporary learning’?

24 July 2012 | Teaching and Learning

International research tells us that an effective learning environment is where learning is social and collaborative, where one is acutely sensitive to individual differences including in prior knowledge.

While we know that every student in a classroom is supposed to master the same information, students come to teachers with different talents, backgrounds and challenges.

Teachers are required to be highly sensitive to what the different learners already know and can do, and actively build on this sensitivity and knowledge, i.e. they are highly adapted to individual differences.

They give tailored and detailed feedback and they both challenge the quick learners and support those facing difficulties. (OECD 2010, The Nature of Learning: Using Research to Inspire Practice, OECD Publishing, Paris).

How do you meet this challenge to manage such differences, while at the same time ensuring that young people learn together within a shared education and culture?

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