Remembering Prof. Howard Barrows: Notes on Problem-based Learning and the Schools of the Future

Me: “Howard, can I ask you a more general, philosophical question? Considering all your pioneering work in Problem-based Learning, how would you imagine the school of the future?” Howard Barrows: “To start with, there would be no subjects. There would be no isolated classes for students such as geography, chemistry, accounting, history and so on.” Me: “How can this work? What is the point of abandoning specialised subjects?” Howard Barrows: “It is the designed learning…
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Why it is Time to Retire Bloom’s Taxonomy

Picture above: Exam among Chinese Students (Source: Tomo News) “You cannot teach today the same way you did yesterday to prepare students for tomorrow. ” John Dewey 1. Historical Credit and Positioning Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning has reigned as one of the most influential pedagogical concepts for the design of school curricula until today. Formulated by Benjamin Bloom and colleagues in the mid-50s (Bloom et al., 1956), the taxonomy attempted to break away from behaviorist theories…
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