Friday, February 18, 2011

Learning and the Brain Conference 2011 - Linda Darling-Hammond

Linda Darling-Hammond
Transforming Teaching Learning and Assessment
How Can We Prepare Learners for a Flat World?

Morning Keynote #2
Learning and the Brain Conference 2011 - San Francisco, CA

Author of The Flat World and Education

Key points: This keynote was very interesting but mostly spoke about the need for reforms in the American education system. She used PISA scores and spoke about the need to evaluate 21st century learning skills through task-type/problem solving type assessments as opposed to testing based on memorization. Used Australian examples of assessment.

The Need for More Powerful Teaching - Loved the clip from Ferris Buller's Day Off. Anyone? Anyone?

More knowledge has been created between 1999-2003 than in the history of mankind preceding it.

Expectations for Learning are Changing:

The new context means new expectations. Most studies include:
communicate, change teams, problem solving, etc. list by Chris Wardlaw (Improving on Being First in PISA)

A Rich Task: Science and Ethics Confer (Queensland, Australia)
an example of an assessment requiring the skills in the above list.

Worldwide Reform Initiative Generally Seek to "Teach less and learn more" giving the time for the analysis of problems, develop critical thinking, etc.

Tests for learning, not high-stakes "punishments"

What does the score mean and what are we measuring?

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