Blog Topic: How People Learn

Informal Learning

In 1998 The National Research Network on New Approaches to Lifelong Learning (NALL) at OISE/UT conducted the first Canadian survey on informal learning of 1500 Canadian adults. The research was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The purpose of NALL was to identify the extent of adult learning, the existence

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How Do Homeschooling Parents Know Their Children Are Learning?

The assumption that homeschooling parents somehow lack awareness of their children’’s progress, and therefore require formal evaluation of that progress, is related to the fact that homeschoolers function beyond the arena of the schools, and our philosophies and methods are not always well-understood. How do homeschooling parents know their children are learning? The answer to

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OFTP Discussion on The Image of the Learner

For each of 8 points that the document “The Image of the Learner” makes about the kind of lifelong learners that the world needs, the OFTP offers its own thoughts on learning and tips on nurturing lifelong learners.

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How Do I Maintain My Child’s Interest?

When can the kids quit? I think one of the more difficult questions in homeschooling is deciding when to let the kids quit something they don’t like and when to insist that they persevere. A few points to consider, when weighing the pros and cons: There are infinite numbers of different ways to learn and

Topics: How People Learn, Personal Stories

Homeschooling: Creating Alternatives To Education

Editor’s note: Patrick Farenga of Holt Associates/Growing Without Schooling, presented a speech at Pennsylvania State University’s Conference, “Education and Technology: Asking the Right Questions,” in October 1997. Here are excerpts from that speech. However, to me and many people, the effectiveness of homeschooling is not measured by school test scores. Among the many reasons for

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How People Learn

It is in fact nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; with out this it goes to wrack and ruin without fail. Albert Einstein   His eyes

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