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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

How do we sort process and product?

How do we sort process and product?

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I have a powerful experience in an after school program yesterday, sitting down with a middle school student and doing some "design thinking" exercises, where process- learning to brainstorm, iterate, model, change, regroup, share, were all modelled as we worked together, peer to peer.
It was great fun for us all.
My question to you all is:
How do we help students see both the importance fo the process along with the importance of the product at the same time? So many times, these things get obscured in school, and I think kids then fail to see the larger picture and how to pull out the process part to try again on the next assignment, or think about the process critically, let alone critique the product and look at it with a critical eye and see improvements.

How do we help this become more of a part of regular school assignments/learning?

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Nina Smith
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The first question is: which one is emphasized in instruction and assessment, product or process?
The second question is: how meaningful does the student perceive the learning task?
The third question is: how much unnecessary power is applied over the learning process?
Some answers can be found here:
http://notesfromnina.wordpress.com/2012/09/30/is-learning-a-product-or-a... and here:
http://notesfromnina.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/learning-as-unending-process/

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