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11/07/2011

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Dorothyanne Brown

Hi Bror -
Just found this, and have to agree. When I was teaching nursing, to adult and younger learners, we would alternate between learning concepts and applying them in real clinical environments. Because the learning was so integrated with practice, we were able to quickly incorporate new concepts. Students would apply things they knew and learn new questions, gain confidence to ask those questions, and learn anew. They also had hooks in their brains on which to hang new knowledge, rather than having to just pile it in a corner like so much laundry. Retrieval was easier.
It's a pity so much education is focused on "knowledge dumping" without practice. It doesn't lead to knowledge retention.

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