Ruth Colvin Clark

Adult-Learning Experiments – 10 Findings

A Collection of Adult-Learning Research Results The book, Building Expertise by Ruth Colvin-Clark, offers one of the best summaries of adult-learning (pedagogy) research available. Like so many fields adult-learning pedagogy is hindered by dubious assumptions and outdated traditions. Ms. Colvin-Clark challenges these old models with recent research about how students, and especially adults, learn. Building Expertise is based …

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Our National Disrespect for Blue Collar Work

I just read a great article. The author is James Heckman, a Nobel laureate and professor at University of Chicago. I’m a fan of his work.  He’s an economist who studies society’s return on investment from various education strategies.  The article I just read focuses on cognitive (traditional schoolwork) and non-cognitive (soft skills) learning . Unfortunately, in this article, …

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Teaching Tips from Educational Researchers

  Converting Research to Suggestions Ruth Colvin Clark has spent much of her career in adult learning, reporting about research into which educational strategies work and which don’t. Her book Building Expertise is based on over two hundred research reports, as well as her own extensive research experience. Building Expertise has influenced our lesson architecture …

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