Thursday, 22 October 2015

Practical Application

I have been teaching Carpentry for Northwest Community College in Smithers which has been rewarding and  a learning experience also for me. In trades training students are required to complete practical projects like this cement form. Education of this kind needs to have a practical component to help students reinforced what they have learned in a classroom or from readings. In many cases students did not fully understand the process of building cement forms until they built the forms themselves.
This method of instruction and teaching is not limited to trades training. Cognitive apprenticeship is described by Brown, Collins, and Duguid as "the enculturation of students into authentic practices through authentic activity and social interaction in a way similar to that which is evident -- and evidently successful -- in craft apprenticeship."
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." (Maimonides)

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