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Learning Essays

Researching to Learn

Learning Through Research

The research projectWhen learning a new task, especially during a nonformal learning event, a learner normally starts out by researching the topic to discover:

Researching a subject or task allows the learners to discover various facts, relationships, structures, and/or models for themselves. This is normally more of a “adaptive” learning method as the learner must do the discovering herself, rather than relying on others to gather the material and present it to her. By using “adaptive,” rather than “adoptive” learning methods, the learners gain the knowledge and skills that can be applied in novel situations (Ramsden, 1992).

Adaptive Learning Methods verses Adoptive Learning Methods

Adaptive learning methods are more agile in nature as they help the “learner-to-learn,” also known as metalearning or metacognition. On the other hand are adoptive learning methods that basically map out what the learners must do to master a task. Adoptive learning methods are best for novice learners who need to master the basics; while adaptive learning methods are for more advanced learners.

Adaptive learning methods might include:

Adoptive learning methods might include:

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The basic data and information gathered during the research phase of understanding allows the learners to gain knowledge and skills that will help them to do, interact, and reflect:

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Ramsden, P. (1992). Learning to Teach in Higher Education. London: Routledge.