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" Pedagogy Vs Andragogy " Chart

" Pedagogy Vs Andragogy " Chart | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Keith Wayne Brown
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We want children and adults to self-direct their learning.

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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, May 7, 2013 3:49 PM

Adult learning is a vast area of educational research and probably one of the most complicated. Adults learn differently and have different strategies in learning. Adults Learning Theory and Principles explain in details these strategies and sheds more light on how adults cultivate knowledge.

 Talking about adult learning brings us to the concept of Andragogy. According to the article Malcolm Knowles an American practitioner and theorist of adult education, defined andragogy as “the art and science of helping adults learn”. Knowles identified the six principles of adult learning as:Adults are internally motivated and self-directedAdults bring life experiences and knowledge to learning experiencesAdults are goal orientedAdults are relevancy orientedAdults are practicalAdult learners like to be respectedTom Whitby wrote this great article " Pedagogy Vs Andragogy " in which he argued for using these same principles of adults learning in kids learning. I highly recommend this article to those of you interested in learning more about Andragogy. I am also sharing with you this awesome chart created by floridatechnet.org  featuring the differences between pedagogy and Andragogy.
Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, May 7, 2013 5:41 PM

Excelente e simples comparativo sobre diferenças de aprendizagem entre adultos e crianças. Sem dúvida, vale um inforgrafico aqui pra ilustrar !

Prof. Mark Levit's comment, July 21, 2013 10:11 AM
With my time now time divided between university classrooms and the commercial sector, this chart suggests both reason and hope. Higher education today promises job readiness but the customs, standards, and traditions of the education business make that an unlikely outcome. For example, the college students before whom I stand weekly are substantially more interested in, and learn from, my stories of client, employee, & vendor relations and conflict than what appears in their texts. Those stories get remembered and provide practical rather than traditionally academic reasons to learn. Most students learn critical thinking and other university-mandated disciplines when reasons for learning them become evident. But with life now operating on fast-forward in this era of the Internet, paradigm shifts, and the profit-challenged corporate sector, we no longer have the luxury of education's traditional and (perhaps) obsolete modalities. When we cater to students other than those who perceive college as permission to party for 4 (or more) years, eliminate the aggressive financial goals of the powerful dollar-starved multinational corporations to which we refer as "universities," when we acknowledge students must learn for the purpose of competing on a commercial world stage, we'll enjoy,nonce again, the goals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Simultaneously, we'll put our nation back on-track for renewed greatness.
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The Complete Guide to Daily Stress

The Complete Guide to Daily Stress | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
If you want to master the stress in your life, know when it’s time to embrace stressful and challenging activities, and know when it’s time to take a step back and just relax for a little bit.
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An excellent point made in the article is that stress is an indicator and helps us if we are aware of it as such.

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How To Fix Public Education

How To Fix Public Education | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Oliver DeMille Time magazine recently published a cover article on reforming American education, and its leading argument was the need for more great
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"As long as we have massive government bureaucracy and overwhelming levels of regulation on teachers, educational problems will increase." This stands out for me. The regulatory process so near and dear to the hearts of bureaucrats is to push this into the schools and classrooms. They have been successful at the expense of learning and well-being in the classrooms and schools.

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Beware of Managers From Hell

Beware of Managers From Hell | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Here’s something they’ll probably never teach you in business school: The single biggest decision you make in your job -- bigger than all of the rest -- is who you name manager. When you
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I do not ascribe to the idea that management and leadership are the same thing. Nor, do I agree with the idea that of the 30% who are happy they have good bosses. It may be simply they overcome poor leadeship. I know when I am left alone by the petty tyrants I work with sometimes I can be happy doing my job.

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The Economics of Happiness

The Economics of Happiness | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

For decades, GDP has been the primary measure of the success of a society. Is it any wonder than we’re ever more prosperous but no more happy?


Via Sharrock
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This is a great way to see the world. Succes will be measured quite differently if it can be measured at all. It might be we can only describe it.

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Belinda MJ.B's comment, April 30, 2013 1:55 PM
Thanks for sharing this amazing article!
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31 Things You can Do to Improve Your Life in 31 Days

"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone" - Neale Donald Walsh If you have some suggestions of your own, feel free to share them with other readers in the c

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It is an interesting and thought-provoking presentation.

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Kay Abernathy's curator insight, April 29, 2013 11:25 AM

May be of interest to a wide audience.

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7 Mistakes Not To Make With Your Twitter Profile | Seven Sentences

7 Mistakes Not To Make With Your Twitter Profile | Seven Sentences | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Check out these seven common mistakes with twitter profiles that both businesses and individuals are currently making.
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5 characteristics of how Knowledge Workers like to learn at work

5 characteristics of how Knowledge Workers like to learn at work | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
From the results of the Learning in the Workplace survey and my analysis of how smart workers use social media to work and learn today, 5 key characteristics of how Knowledge Workers like to learn ...

Via Ove Christensen
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This is a good article that sets down what we should be doing in the workplace including schools. Frequently, we have a talking head expert 'teaching' us.

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The Best Sites For Learning About Penguins | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

The Best Sites For Learning About Penguins | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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Along with Talk like a Pirate Day, this is one of the most important days on the school calendar.

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for the love of learning: Ungraded Students

for the love of learning: Ungraded Students | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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And, we have created a new group of students less focused on creativity and learning, but on earning the currency of the land: grades. Educators reinforce this. We need mindful assessment and grading practices.

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50 task to teach with only a blank piece of paper

50 task to teach with only a blank piece of paper | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I've always been constructivist , meaning that I believe especially with language, students construct knowledge and are active participants in the creation…...

Via David Deubelbeiss, Juergen Wagner, Siani Katerina, Evdokia Roka, Ken Morrison
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I like low tech ideas which balance the busyness of high-tech

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, April 25, 2013 4:24 PM

I love lowtech innovation.

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How the Arts Unlock the Door to Learning | Edutopia

How the Arts Unlock the Door to Learning | Edutopia | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

By Mariko Nobori

 

"What do Mars and modern dance have to do with each other? How do you connect fractions with Andy Warhol? At Wiley H. Bates Middle School, in Annapolis, Maryland, the answer is arts integration. Every teacher there is committed to weaving the arts and standard curricula together to create a richer and more lasting learning experience for their students.

 

"Arts integration goes beyond including art projects in class; it is a teaching strategy that seamlessly merges arts standards with core curricula to build connections and provide engaging context. For example, in a science classroom you might see students choreographing a dance using locomotor and nonlocomotor movements to demonstrate their understanding of rotation versus revolution of the planets (PDF). In a math class, you might see students learning fractions by examining composition in Warhol's Campbell's soup paintings.

 

"(See more arts-integrated lesson plans from Bates.)"


Via Jim Lerman
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This is a thoughtful article.

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Teacher exodus - preparing to enter a profession with high attrition

25% - 40% of beginning teachers in Western World countries are "burnt-out" and are likely to leave teaching in the first 5 years (Ewing and Smith, 2003). Alarm bells!  Anyone?  This is obviously a ...
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A Nation of Wimps

A Nation of Wimps | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Parents are going to ludicrous lengths to take the bumps out of life for their children. However, parental hyperconcern has the net effect of making kids more fragile; that may be why they're breaking down in record numbers.
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Although we occasionally need a genuine hug, self-esteem takes a backseat to resiliency, sefl-efficacy, and confidence in the lives of children. "Fall seven times and get up eight."

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Emotional wellness at work = healthy bottom lines

Emotional wellness at work = healthy bottom lines | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
We all want to work in places where we feel at our best. From an employers’ viewpoint, people who feel at their best can perform at their best.Everyone we encounter can impact our sense of
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I read recent posts from two people who I have worked with. The first indicated the role of a school leader was to establish the climate of the building. The problem is many schools are filled with fear. The second wrote about the importance of trust in schools and that is critical. If schools are oppressive and fearful places, will that trust exist? The oppressive comes from a Peter Senge quote in 1995. Has that changed?

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Is High School Academic Purgatory? [SLIDE]

Is High School Academic Purgatory? [SLIDE] | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Blogger's Note: My thinking here is unpolished.  I'm wrestling with the time-honored notion that one of the primary purposes of high school is to prepare kids for college.  As a teacher, that's alw...
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Do grades bring more happiness or do they lead to some desire to wanting more of the same? The title of the article brings us back to the question: What is school for?

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You're Free to be What You Want...

You're Free to be What You Want... | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be what I want.

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Project Happiness | "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it! Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." – Howard Thurman

Project Happiness | "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it! Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." – Howard Thurman | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Project Happiness is dedicated to inspiring and empowering people with resources to create greater happiness within themselves and
the world.

 

Project Happiness has curriculum available for grades K-12, plus an online course for colleges, universities, or anyone wanting to explore their own personal happiness


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Dean Lynch's curator insight, April 28, 2013 5:22 PM

I support "Project Happiness" Lets create a brighter future for everyone!

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Another Reason to Care About School Design | Design on GOOD

Another Reason to Care About School Design | Design on GOOD | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Last fall during a stop in Los Angeles promoting his latest book Fire in the Ashes, education activist Jonathan Kozol spent some time discussing the impact of school design and environment on children.

Via Lene Jensby Lange, Autens
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The excuse is that we do not have the money to build the schools. That is just not true. We lack the political will to do what is right. Those who have resources also complain and have the resources to make their case. Those who lack are unable.

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Lene Jensby Lange, Autens's curator insight, April 26, 2013 4:23 AM

Still more evidence that design matters. Which is easy to establish when you look at what automatically happens to human interaction and activity in different settings - just imagine a typical conference hall vs a cafe vs a tech workshop area.

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for the love of learning: I teach kids not data points

for the love of learning: I teach kids not data points | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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I teach children, too. I am not a teacher of subjects either. Political mandarins and their bureaucratic minions need a number or data point for each child, each classroom, each school, and so on. They seem incapable of understanding the relational nature of learning and its importance in human life.

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When Did Work Become A Bad Word? - TanveerNaseer.com

When Did Work Become A Bad Word? - TanveerNaseer.com | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Work may be a four-letter word, but that doesn't mean we have to have a poor relationship between what we do and what matters to us.
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When did work become a dirty word? That is a great question. I suspect it always has been for a portion of our society. Is it just more obvious? What do we think work is?

 

As I get ready to leave public education, I look at 'colleagues' and this concept is deeply entrenched in some areas and, in fact, is rewarded. Those who do not like work are actually offended if they have to do some.

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Seth's Blog: In search of resilience

Seth's Blog: In search of resilience | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Most of the time, we build our jobs and our organizations and our lives around today, assuming that tomorrow will be a lot like now. Resilience, the ability to shift and respond to change, comes way down the list of...
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Resiliency, creativity, and adaptability fit together like a glove on a hand.

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4 Ways To Create Personal Growth Time - Leadership, Sales & Life

4 Ways To Create Personal Growth Time - Leadership, Sales & Life | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Creating personal time is important for leaders. Leaders need to make sure that they create personal time to learn, grow, relax, exercise and study.
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Everyone needs time set aside for their personal growth, relaxation, and re-energize. This can take on many different forms, but is increasingly important to counter the busyness of our world.

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Ken Morrison's comment, April 26, 2013 8:49 AM
I agree with each of these four points. Early morning seems to be the best time for me.
Ken Morrison's comment, April 26, 2013 8:49 AM
I agree with each of these four points. Early morning seems to be the best time for me.
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When Is The Last Time You.....

When Is The Last Time You..... | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
said thank you to a customer for their business or got "wild and crazy" and hand wrote them a thank you card? helped a co-worker just 'cuz? read a book or listened to an audio book in your chosen c...
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When was the last time we thanked someone or helped someone for just doing their job.

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Diary Entry #103 – Do the Little Things Right

Diary Entry #103 – Do the Little Things Right | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.” ~Theodore Roosevelt “Great acts are made up of small deeds.” ~Lao Tzu Why is your boss so obs...
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