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Learning Metacognition as Higher Order Thinking

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

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Whose fault is this?

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?

Academia and Anti-intellectualism

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

Learning in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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

When did Information Transmission become the Primary Goal of Education?

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?

Learning Analytics – No need for Standardized Testing in HE

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

Harnessing our Problem Solving Abilities

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