A flawed case against teaching: Scaffolding, direct instruction, and learner-centered classrooms
Premise 1: Teaching is a human endeavor that does not and cannot improve over time.
Premise 2: Human beings are fantastic learners.
Premise 3: Humans don’t learn well in the teaching-focused classroom.
Conclusion: We won’t meet the needs for more and better higher education until professors become designers of learning experiences and not teachers.
Interesting argument linked above, but wrong.
- Premise 1: Teaching does improve with time. Gerhard Fischer published a wonderful piece many years ago that showed how skiing instruction has improved over time, and that the approaches used can be understood in terms of cognitive science.
- Premise 2: Humans are fantastic learners, but as Kirschner, Sweller, and Clark showed, humans learn much better with direct instruction.
- Premise 3: No, no one learns well in a teaching-focused classroom. However, many teachers help their students learn better in a student-centered classrooms.
- The Conclusion doesn’t follow from the premises at all.