Learning, Understanding and Conceptual Change

Bransford, Brown, and Cocking’s (2000) How People Learn is a seminal work for anyone involved in education. As I read and reflected on the question of what learning really is, it became clear that what students need from any school today is not just information, which the education system can no longer monopolise thanks to the internet, but the cognitive tools to deal with information. Focusing on the first three chapters, I have drawn a number of parallels between the guidance in the readings and the functioning of the many EFL classrooms I’ve seen over the last ten years, including my own.

Learning, Understanding and Conceptual Change (essay, 800 words)