I have written in the past about the two levels of metacognition with the higher order allowing an individual to use a full suite of higher order thinking skills across any context. How is this kind of thinking achieved? The initial consideration is to consider the maturity of the brain. Metacognition is about as abstract … Continue reading Learning Metacognition as Higher Order Thinking
One of the underlying questions that I keep getting in an implicit and non-direct manner is the question of how we got to where we are now with things in a non-optimal way. In a nutshell, nobody. How can nobody be at fault in the way things have turned out in higher education with the … Continue reading Whose fault is this?
A year ago I wrote a piece about how the world is changing and what is happening to our students after graduation. Although the unemployment rate is at rock bottom rates, the fate of our higher education graduates isn’t getting that much better. The median earnings for people with a Bachelors degree is almost $60,000 … Continue reading State of our Graduates
Academic argument is an exercise in higher order thinking skills and is enjoyable to those who engage in it. However, academic argument follows a fairly strict set of rules. The rules are quite straightforward. No logical fallacies; consideration of evidence; willingness to self-correct; ability to reach consensus. Also, good academic argument is civil with avoidance … Continue reading Academia and Anti-intellectualism
If we look behind us, we can see three industrial revolutions that have occurred over the last 150 years with another right on the horizon as you can see in the figure below from Heather McGowan's The Hard Truth About Lost Jobs: It's Not About Immigration. In the first revolution, we saw the displacement of millions … Continue reading Learning in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
A century and a half ago a Western education was not considered complete without a trip to the capitals of Europe. Now, if a parent in the UK takes their children out of school to visit a European capital they face a stiff fine for breaking the law. How did this happen? An education today … Continue reading When did Information Transmission become the Primary Goal of Education?
For a number of years there have been rumours that standardized testing should be introduced into higher education. Standardization makes subjects taught at different institutions directly comparable. The research has been clear that the use of standardization is a way measure teachers and schools – even if the rhetoric says otherwise. Many educrats would love … Continue reading Learning Analytics – No need for Standardized Testing in HE
Education has a historical anomaly that has clung to the system a long time after it has been necessary. This is the case, especially in the last 20 years. Academics simply have no precedents to look to in order to figure out what to do. Digitization has truly changed the world. However, higher education has … Continue reading Easy Access Information Explosion
Critical thinking is the most powerful problem-solving tool in existence. Not the kind of problem that can be coded with an algorithm, but a complex problem that involves thinking. How do we develop the skill of critical thinking? Critical thinking is not a single skill but a collection of skills that allow someone to figure … Continue reading Harnessing our Problem Solving Abilities
John and Jane are sort of friends of ours. Their names have been changed to protect the innocent – literally innocent – but anyone who knows us will know who they are. John called me one day and asked if I could come over to his place to help him with something. I barely knew … Continue reading Will ‘Not knowing What You Don’t Know’ Hurt You?