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
The article acknowledges the work fantastic done by Sophie Karanicolas, Cathy Snelling and Clinton Kempster in their innovative use of the RSD in their degree.
This work resulted in amazing graduates who were interviewed one year after the degree, when employed. A striking feature is how passionate the graduates are about the skills that they developed in the degree and then used with patients.
This is the first article on the RSD work that richly unearths the affective domain of attitudes, values and emotions, and shows the intimate connections to the more cogntive aspects of learning and work.
Blooms Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain is famous, but the Affective Domain is not so well known, yet Bloom’s separation of cognitive and affective domains has had a powerful and pervasive influence across education.
Yet Krathwohl, Bloom and Masia (1964) noted, ‘the fact that we attempt to analyse the affective area separately from the cognitive is not intended to suggest that there is a fundamental separation. There is none.’
This article highlights the intimate connections of cognitive and affective domains, as well as of university learning and skills used in workplaces.
While the role of emotions, values and attitudes in learning is hard to deny, the question remains about how to effectively deal with the affective domain to maximise learning. What do you think and what do you do?
A lot of the materials are currently the same, but the new structure is designed to capture a lot more examples of practice across primary, secondary, undergraduate, post graduate and further education.
For a number of years of I have taught a university-level, general education course with the aim to have students learn researching skills as part of a learning routine and a strategy used across various assignments in the course. I found the OPS (https://www.adelaide.edu.au/rsd/framework/simpler/) pentagon delineating research/problem solving skills to the perfect framework to underpin student’s research skills. The questions became, “How do I introduce the research process, and this framework, to the students”? I developed an activity that most undergraduate students could related to – panning a hike (See OPS Hiking WI Exercise). Throughout the semester I would link assignments back to the framework to indicate what portion(s) of the pentagon that we were using during any one assignment. This was an acceptable starting point. However, students never connected assignment activities to the OPS pentagon or to their larger education or life experience. The OPS pentagon was discussed in class. Students could use the terminology but with rare exception I was not convinced students “got it”.
Over the last week I tried something new. I added a second exercise asking to students to engage with the framework using the Crysatllizing Connections Observation Worksheet In addition to the hiking exercise I broke the students into 6 groups. I assigned each of the groups one of the OPS facets to examine. I began by asking each of the groups to brainstorm examples of their assigned facet. Over the course of the next few days students were instructed to collect examples of their assigned facet when they were sitting in their courses. After several days students were re-grouped so that there was a person in each group that represented each one of the six facets of the OPS pentagon. Individually each of the group members completed the chart as they listed to other group members explain what they had observed relative to their assigned facet.
I asked students what insights they had gained over the past few days from relative to this exercise. So far the results seem promising with insights such as:
the categories of the OPS mix together
all professors use elements of the OPS
I can process the OPS and use it in my other classes
helps teachers sort through learning
we use the OPS without realizing it
Do any of you have strategies that you have found work in your classrooms? I would be interested in hearing about them. Let me know!
The Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice has just launched Volume 15, Issue 4, a special issue on the Research Skill Development framework, and its various uses, formulations and evaluations:
University of Wisconsin-Stout’s Online Community of Practice Starts Tuesday, September 11, 2018!
An online CoP facilitated by Sylvia Tiala and Jessy Polzer from University of Wisconsin-Stout begins today at noon Central Time (U. S.). Our goal is to connect with university educators to investigate and apply the Research Skills Development (RSD) Framework and the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy (FIL) to your learning context. We will be using websites, Zoom and othe technologies to attend meetings, engage in discussion and submit feedback and materials. Reflective learning and application will be facilitated though activities, discussion, coaching and a SoTL research project. Take a look at the website for more information.
I recently heard that Sue Bandaranaike was at the WACE International Research Symposium in Stuttgart, to discuss upcoming research underpinned by the WSD framework. Sue has been a keen advocate for WSD-based research since co-developing the framework in 2009.
Her upcoming study, (a collaboration with Nicole Tardif and Patricia Orozco from Laurentian University) will aim to discover the skills, behaviours and competencies that constitute expertise in mining. The study will involve surveys with mining and exploration professionals, as well as HR representatives from mining, exploration and consulting. With 40% of employees in the mining and metals industries expected to retire in the next few years, this will be a timely piece of research, and a good example of putting the RSD into practice.
If you are reading this on 28 June 2018, it’s a good chance you are attending the second day of the SE Asia Design Research conference, hosted by Syiah Kuala University in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. This is John from University of Adelaide writing. Welcome to the second keynote of the day, which is designed to MELT your mind and help you empower students for learning in Science, Maths and Technology. If you are not attending, feel free to read on, and you might want to visit the conference website http://seadr.unsyiah.ac.id/. The conference focus is research into the design of learning environments for science, mathematics & technology as disciplines and STEM as a whole.
This blog post provides a multiple choice question below. Please be ready to choose one of the six options when I give the signal. I suggest you wait till I deal with the ‘six facets’ of MELT before you choose, as I will explain each option in detail. If you missed the presentation (or want to review ideas) visit www.melt.edu.au and www.i-melt.edu.au
Discuss the question below with one or two others, but answer the question from your own perspective.
If you are a student currently, answer from your perspective. If you are teaching, consider a specific group of students.
Question: Of the six facets of MELT, which one is the most difficult for students (or you) when engaging in complex learning?
When everyone has answered, we will look at the results together (but you can preview them too).