This week, I wrote a short essay that examines the foundational ideas of learning, understanding and conceptual change. The ideas of this essay are a reflection of the reading How People Learn by Bransford, Brown & Cocking’s (2000). In this essay, I capture the differences of a novice and expert learner and how this affects their depth of understanding in new experiences. I reflect on teaching methods that facilitate a high level of learning, including building background knowledge, cultural awareness and motivation. The full essay can be found here. Thoughts, questions and reflections are encouraged!
Bransford, J., Brown, A.L. & Cocking, R. R. (Eds.), How people learn: Brain, mind, experience
and school (pp. 3-78). Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press. Retrieved from