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Does learning start with a question and not an answer?
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Teachers should realize that learning starts with questions and ends with answers and not vice versa.

Learning by asking questions and getting answers to obtain new and verified truths differs from receiving verified and ready-made truths or subject content from teachers. What used to be objective and indisputable content provided by teachers and textbooks become subjective explorative thinking resources for learners.

Gaining new insights and meaning becomes a subjective process related to each learner’s current subjective realm, own set of values and understanding of the world. The challenge for the 21st century teacher is to realize that in a class each learner has a unique disposition and distinct point of departure at the beginning of the lesson, and that the challenge is to enable the learners to reach the same end point.

This approach differs from traditional teaching where teachers’ are of the opinion that they start their lesson by ensuring that all learners are on the same page at the beginning as well as at the end of the lesson. However, as the teaching progresses, this ideal falls apart and the lesson ends up with as many interpretations as there are learners.

The questions teachers ask at the end of the lesson are a remediation attempt to deal with the many anticipated misunderstandings that could arise. Metaphorically speaking, traditional teaching can be compared to a double concave lens, which diverts a light ray emitted by a single source, i.e., the teacher, who ensures that similar sets of information are available to the learners to avoid any misunderstanding. This lens, however, provides sets of diverted rays resulting in dispersed understanding by learners.

Read More at https://www.skills-universe.com/2017/01/01/learning-starts-with-questions-and-ends-with-answers-and-not-vice-versa/

by Diamond (78,454 points)

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