I wanted to write this blog more than a month ago – about my experience in this curious case of a mix up between science of learning and learning of science…………………….one thing led to another and I have delayed writing and posting this blog…………but here it is now, and here’s what I would like to note down………….
I was asked to take a science workshop in a school at Surat, Gujarat, India, by a publisher of well-known Indian textbooks, of which the said school was a client. Now I get prepared for the workshop, my usual stuff of Dumb Charades with names of scientists, and some hands – on activities, some fun quizzes, everyday science and what not……………….
Now what happened is this – the school principal who was hosting this workshop, probably, and that is my guess, had informed other school teachers near-by to attend the workshop on applying Science of Learning……………..and this was not captured by the publisher’s product coordinator who informed me to take a workshop on Learning of Science!! (I got to know about this curious mix up because that was what was written on the school’s website!)
Now imagine my plight………………….., and all the chaos it created while the workshop was on (the teachers attending the workshop were like naughty kids in class), and afterwards too……….No one’s expectations were met, and everyone went back unhappy; I was crest fallen to say the least.
But that got me thinking about Science of Learning versus Learning of Science. And here are my notes!
Science of learning is a term that interplays between the learning, instruction, and assessment. The science of learning is a systematic but an empirical approach to understanding:
- of how people learn
- of how to help people learn, and finally,
- of how to determine what people have learnt (e.g., learning, remembering, transferring knowledge)
Now all these three points are way off from learning of science – is it not?
So what does learning of science encompass? In my earlier blog on How to Encourage Learning of Science – I have written a detailed report on how to foster a scientific temper among one and all. Please see: https://atabhagwat.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/how-to-encourage-learning-science/
So how should learning of science be encouraged? Here is the summary from the blog:
|Ways of Learning Science||Suggestion|
|Science as a Quest||
|Science for Social Transformation||
I hope all people concerned will read this blog, and get to know the difference between Science of Learning and Learning of Science!! (and of course apologize to me!)