/Tag: schema

Skill = knowledge + practice

2019-04-04T08:14:19+01:00January 11th, 2019|learning|

Over the years I've thought a lot about whether we should be teaching children knowledge of the world or the skills to flourish within it. The debate has moved on a lot in recent years and today it's rare to find anyone arguing against teaching knowledge, but there are many who would still advocate for a balance of knowledge and skill. The more I thought about it, the more I've realised just how meaningless this distinction is. Knowledge and skill and two sides of the same coin. Or, to attempt another analogy, think about teaching as cooking: 'knowledge' is the ingredients, [...]

Teaching to make children cleverer – Part 2

2018-01-07T11:28:33+01:00January 7th, 2018|psychology|

In my last post I reviewed those aspects on intelligence which are likely to be most malleable by teachers. Briefly, research into individual differences suggests that intelligence is fairly stable and that environmental factors - parenting and teaching - seem to wear off over time. At the same time, research into social attitudes (the rise in IQ scores over that last century) clearly demonstrates that something really is changing and that these changes have real world significance. This present us with a paradox which perhaps can be explained by saying that g (the tendency of cognitive abilities in individuals to correlate [...]