The open-access Springer book, the Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching: Connecting Sophisticated Thinking from Early Childhood to PhD, spans not only educational sectors but learning paradigms and subjects/disciplines.
The book uses the seven questions of MELT as its seven chapters’ titles.
Chapter 1 ‘What is our purpose?’ concludes (p25):
The billion human brains that will be born between 2023 and 2030 need something different from the learning and education that has occurred so far across 100,000 years of human history. That billion will inherit the leadership of the earth somewhere from 2040, with all of the accumulated problems caused by humanity until that time. Those billion need diverse learning environments that resonate with their complex learning capacities, that connect to multiple educator perspectives and theories, and that enable them to address local and global issues in ways that do not cause more problems than they solve.
But do you think the broad adaptation and use of the MELT can help forge those connections and instill a greater sense of purpose for education in the coming years? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
This post is especially for you if you are attending the workshop at the Virtual Council on Undergraduate Research Biennial Conference, 1 July, 2020: 1.15pm-3.15 pm ET:
Connecting curriculum-integrated research in Teacher Education to critical thinking, problem-solving, and teaching skills.
The word document for the workshop can be downloaded before it starts Word doc for CUR conference workshop
The Presentation PDFs are: Connectingcurriculum-integrated-research_ WIllison_Tiala_Palmer_2020 and Connectingcurriculum-integrated-research_ WIllison_Tiala_Palmer_2020Part2
URL for Answer Garden in the workshop https://answergarden.ch/1124599
The MELT website is www.melt.edu.au
MELT book, Open Access book published by Springer https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-15-2683-1
We hope to hear your questions during the Q&A for the workshop.
Feel free to write further questions or comments here during and after the workshop.
Sylvia, Ruth and John
MELT, the Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching, has been published by Springer as Open Access.
In counting and Accounting, zoo visits and Zoology, single subjects and STEM, the Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching- or MELT for short- are for fluid, connected and sophisticated thinking early childhood to PhD.
Maybe this is too expansive, but we’ve got a lot of problems, and we need a better way of connecting people’s thinking about them across the years of education, areas of study and approaches to problem solving, critical thinking and researching.
The MELT share and ask seven questions, and these are used to structure the book’s seven chapters. Chapters use a story, an example from history or current cases of use to bring the concepts in MELT to life. Each chapter features a title page in cartoon format, with Einstein, a young child and a beaver, each making utterances that epitomise aspects of the chapter.
In the foreword I claim the skills that 6 year olds playing in a tree by the seashore in a Pacific village are the same as those that PhD students need and use. What changes is the level of sophistication, depth of content knowledge and degree of rigour required, but the cognitive skills and affective elements are the same in nature.
But what do you think? I’d love you to comment about the above, or any feature of the book.
Here are some resources for Facilitating the development of students who think critically & creatively, based on the Masterclass webinar run by School of Education, University of Adelaide, 15April, 2020
1. The Critical and Creative Thinking Brainstorm
2. The webinar powerpoint with with audience contributions embedded
3. The recording of the 90 minute webinar
Breakout groups were asked to adapt their own version of the Critical and Creative Thinking Brainstorm
- Please stick for now to the idea of the 6 facets (questions) and the pentagon shape
- This is for communication purposes and potential connections
- Be ready to report back in 10 mins. Share screen, use voice. Tell us the changes
- Change in verbs
For various documents and examples of The Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching
Based on this webinar, how appropriate do you think MELT, used creatively and adapted appropriately, is for developing your students’ critical and creative thinking?
Feel free to comment here.