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Moving Toward Authentic Learning

October 7, 2013

I enjoyed reading Marilyn Lombardi’s “Authentic Learning for the 21st Century: An Overview”. I thought it was very well written and agreed with the points she made in the article. One question she raised toward the end of the article is “Why isn’t authentic learning more common?” She goes on to state “The reliance on traditional instruction is not simply a choice made by individual faculty – students often prefer it”. If students prefer traditional instruction, what are key motivators that would encourage faculty to move toward authentic learning? How do we foster an environment where authentic learning is the norm?


From → tomooc

  1. Students prefer traditional learning because that is what we have trained them to be empty containers waiting to be filled by the sage on the stage. Moving them towards an active role in their education brings out resistance as Jan Herrington related in her story in which the essence was that the student had done all the work while the instructor was on the sideline. To change any behavior it takes lots of practice to change an institutional system baby steps from many individuals until it becomes the norm

  2. I agree with Pat’s comment that we have trained students to prefer the more traditional approach to instruction. “I teach-you listen-you get a grade” type of thing. I think more teachers could move toward using authentic learning objectives if they were able to not only learn what it is, but how to apply it within the subject they teach. If this is such a powerful way to ensure student learning, why do teachers shy away from using it? Do you think it is because it is simpler to score a test and apply a grade than it is to guide the student with inquiry?

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