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How can we create Evidence-Based LEARNING?
In education we are refining and defining what teachers should do everyday based on test scores, there is a whole conversation based on just this topic alone. The TED community has a lot of ways that education could be different, some fantastic ideas on how to nurture our young minds- yet in a broken system it is hard to fight for any change. As a nurse, it is obvious to me that the need for evidence to yield change of a broken system is absolutely paramount. It is much better received to have quantifiable evidence (think grades) however I know this community here on TED and many teachers know that grades do not always create the best environment for learning. Nor do grades evaluate all types of learners on the same level. Little by little medicine is becoming open to new ideas and new ways of doing things by validation of research performed. There is wide adaptation of the new standards considered evidenced-based medicine, and even the accepted standards are subject to new research and change.
How can we create Evidence-Based Learning?
How can we encourage teachers to not just discuss but document the things they are doing that are making a difference with their students??
Could we create in communities transdisciplinary brainstorming and multiply the efforts and ideas for improving learning and create a group to help with the research. This way teacher who perhaps might feel stretched to thin or not know where to start as far as research goes will have the support they need.
I am pretty sure I have read a research article or two about adult learners and yadda yadda, this is not my field of expertise at all- So I pose the question to anyone who can give their two cents!!