Process or product?

In formal settings, i.e. schools and universities, learning is sometimes reduced to creating a product as evidence that learning has happened. This is problematic for many reasons. The main reason in my mind is the fact that when we measure the end result, we really don’t know where students started. They learn every day on their own. It is impossible to be a human and NOT learn. What if they already possessed the competencies for completing the task? Can we still credit this “learning” to the effectivess of the instructor? Ot is it just about measuring students’ performance, and how well they meet the standards?

The far more interesting questions are: What does the individual learning process look like? And how can we support that learnign process?

The reality is that students don’t start from the same line, and also the finishing line is different for each individual student. This is because every student arrives to the classroom (or training session) with diverse set of skills, knowledge, experiences and expectations. Their equally different take-away is what we educators call “learning”. It is important for anyone in education and training industry to remember that (thank goodness!!) students learn even in spite of us.

I have blogged about learning process several times:

Is learning a product or process?

Is learning a product or process – part 2

Learner-centered education

Quality of learning, process vs. product

Learning-centered education

Learning as an unending process

Engaging student in their own learning process

Informal learning

Instruction supporting learning process

I hope you enjoy!

🙂

Nina

 

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