I know our question topic is a really hard one right now.

I know our question topic is a really hard one right now. And I made a video to frame it a bit more (and provide my sort-of answer). I think it is really difficult to determine what students need to be able to know and do, because it is hard to teach someone “how to learn”, and that is what I think we are all trying to do. Anyway, here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R34ZTQ0haRc//cdn.embedly.com/widgets/platform.js

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  1. hi Ben!  I am interested in it too.  we have a “Learning how to learn” in our approach of Guided Inquiry Design http://www.amazon.com/Guided-Inquiry-Design-Framework-Libraries/dp/1610690095

    Our inquiry process and design of the learning experience includes learning how to learn.   It sounded similar to what you are thinking so I thought it might be useful to post a short version here.  

    This is how we define it.

    1. learning how to learn is learning about the process of learning

    2. learning how to learn is learning to be self reflective on my learning

    3. learning how to learn is learning what I can do to help me to learn (strategies that move the learning along) 

    As our work is framed in inquiry, learning how to learn is grounded in the inquiry process.  So learning how to learn is (just as you say) is learning how to ask real questions and how to create something out of that learning.  

    We think it’s important that learners understand how to go through a deep inquiry.  For this is how we learn.  We ask questions, refine our questions through getting more information, find the true question we want to dig into and then research that specific question.  Out of that process comes the creation of new learning, the desire and ability to share it with others.  

    Learning how to learn also requires reflection about how I am learning, what part of the process am I in, and how am I interacting within this process.  (in GID we explain this process it has been researched and has specific stages)

    Learning how to learn requires understanding what I can do to help me through this learning process.  For example- When is it best to talk to someone, vlog, ask a community, struggle through an idea, create a chart, blog or journal about my experience.  So when learning how to learn we have to learn which one of these will help me.  We also have to know   when one of these strategies are they most useful in the process.    

    These are the 3 elements we explore in Guided Inquiry Design when we talk about learning how to learn.  I’d love your thoughts, critique and additions to this list! 🙂

  2. hi Ben!  I am interested in it too.  we have a “Learning how to learn” in our approach of Guided Inquiry Design http://www.amazon.com/Guided-Inquiry-Design-Framework-Libraries/dp/1610690095

    Our inquiry process and design of the learning experience includes learning how to learn.   It sounded similar to what you are thinking so I thought it might be useful to post a short version here.  

    This is how we define it.

    1. learning how to learn is learning about the process of learning

    2. learning how to learn is learning to be self reflective on my learning

    3. learning how to learn is learning what I can do to help me to learn (strategies that move the learning along) 

    As our work is framed in inquiry, learning how to learn is grounded in the inquiry process.  So learning how to learn is (just as you say) is learning how to ask real questions and how to create something out of that learning.  

    We think it’s important that learners understand how to go through a deep inquiry.  For this is how we learn.  We ask questions, refine our questions through getting more information, find the true question we want to dig into and then research that specific question.  Out of that process comes the creation of new learning, the desire and ability to share it with others.  

    Learning how to learn also requires reflection about how I am learning, what part of the process am I in, and how am I interacting within this process.  (in GID we explain this process it has been researched and has specific stages)

    Learning how to learn requires understanding what I can do to help me through this learning process.  For example- When is it best to talk to someone, vlog, ask a community, struggle through an idea, create a chart, blog or journal about my experience.  So when learning how to learn we have to learn which one of these will help me.  We also have to know   when one of these strategies are they most useful in the process.    

    These are the 3 elements we explore in Guided Inquiry Design when we talk about learning how to learn.  I’d love your thoughts, critique and additions to this list! 🙂

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