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  1. […] Trend 6: Learner Orientation by Mark Osborne from The CORE Education Blog. Number 6 for CORE Education’s Ten Trends for 2014 series. This post helps us to think about how students orient themselves towards learning. It also helps us consider how the school and community orients themselves towards supporting the learners. […]

  2. Having been involved in education for 30+ years what you are proposing is nothing new. Just new jargon with modern technology added in. Good teachers have always used a variety of techniques to cover different learning styles. Certainly in my teacher training (and yes it was a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree UK in the early 1980's) we covered different learning styles. We even covered (and practiced in schools as part of our training) questioning skills, creating effective discussions, student led learning. I agree many of our current teachers have not been exposed to this sort of teacher training – in school professional learning is picking up the pieces or qualifications that are not fit for purpose. Alot of what is now done at "training" level is theory not practice and teachers are launched into a setting where there is so much going on they don't really have time to practice the art of effective teaching. I wonder why so many of our new teachers do not stay in the profession. I don't think is is hard to draw conclusions.

    For goodness sake – let us focus on quality teaching and stop pretending these are new initiatives but acknowledge we are trying to get back on track from years of disasterous educational experiments.

    1. Kia ora Charlotte,

      Thanks for your comment. Indeed the idea of learner orientation has been around for a long time- we only need to look to look at the writings of pioneering educators like John Dewey to see it has a long heritage (Experience and Education in particular speaks to the importance of acknowledging the individual in education.) What we're saying here is that as more and more schools find their feet in a post-industrial education world, this trend is becoming more and more of a design feature for schools. Special mention must be made of the role that technology and 'next-generation learning environments' are playing in helping us to continue to evolve the ideas of Dewey and co.

      Mark

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