A recent article in the Carnegie Commons featured the concept of students learning “flexible expertise” in order to become more adaptable to new situations and challenges. Featuring the work of Jim Stigler, he introduces three key learning strategies: Productive Struggle, Explicit Connections, and Deliberate Practice.
The article is well worth the read and you may find the additional links helpful as they demonstrate the application of his theories to mathematics pathways. The study mentioned in the article, Roediger and Karpicke, provides an excellent example of how our assumptions for learning (such as continuous rereading of material vs. recall testing) may be off base when we look at longterm understanding of material taught in our classrooms. For those in non-STEM fields, this article provides food for thought on how we approach teaching and learning in the humanities and the arts.
Here’s a link to the full article called “Creating Opportunities for Students to Become Flexible Experts” by Lillian Kivel, 9/11/14