Expert Learning In the 21st Century

In our first week of CEP810, we were tasked with reading the first three chapters of Bransford, Brown & Cocking’s (2000) How People Learn. In addition to the reading, we were challenged to write an essay reflecting on how people learn and come to understand. My essay focuses on the difference between expert and novice learners, and what teaching practices can be employed to help transition our students from the thinking and learning practices of novices to highly efficient metacognative expert learners. With education, we must always set our sites to the future. What kind of skills will our students need to prepare them for a technologically advanced citizenship in the 21st Century? You can read the full essay (950 words) here: Expert Learning in the 21st Century.

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  1. It is such a challenge to shift people’s thinking about education. Now that technology provides us with the factual knowledge base, teachers must make sure that students reach the level of expert learner. If students cannot make connections and apply their knowledge by solving real-world problems, they will not be valuable in an economy of robots.

    I too appreciated the part about metacognition. I think that self-reflection is integral to growth and learning. Students must constantly be asking themselves, “Do I understand this?” and “Is my thinking correct here?”.

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