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September 27, 2010 / helenfli

123…Testing!

I know Monday’s not my day to blog, but I just found this (http://blog.questionmark.com/new-york-times-advises-that-tests-helps-you-retain-learning). Interesting huh?

So now I’m curious – is this phenomen specific to the applicationa of a test or is it that the test represents a device that means the learner has to quickly ‘stuff’ the information into memory?   If learners were asked questions that require them to reflect on the material, would that do the same thing? Something along the lines of :

What did you learn today that was new?

What would you like to know more about/What questions do you have?

What did you not understand/need further explanation/examples/exercises?

Both the test and repsonses to the reflective questions would have to be handed in.

The idea of adding a test at the end of the learning session may work in the teacher’s favour.  If the article is correct, you should be able to reduce teaching time!  Anyone up for trialling this?

Helen

Any thoughts on that?

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