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Unformatted text preview: 1 of 10 Obsolescence as a Barrier to Effective Education 2 of 10 New England Primer 100 years without revision since it's first edition in 1690 3 of 10 The concept of the "half life" of knowledge
Half of the knowledge is obsolete after its "half life" Knowledge of the brain Baseline knowledge of the brain in 1970 4 of 10 Knowledge of the Brain (Cont.)
In 1980, 90% of knowledge of brain learned since 1970 In 1985, 95% of knowledge of brain learned since 1980 now???????? Teaching in schools about the brain little change since 1970 5 of 10 Dinosaurs
We first learned of them in mid 1800's Most current knowledge since 1970 warm blooded not cold blooded Living relatives more likely birds than reptiles 6 of 10 The archaic and slow curriculum development process
knowledge becomes known knowledge is disseminated knowledge is accepted for schools 7 of 10 Curriculum Development Process (cont.)
textbooks are written textbooks are adopted textbooks are in classrooms teachers are trained to use new textbooks This curriculum development process takes 10-25 years 9 of 10 Curriculum Development Process (cont.)
The half life of knowledge is 6 mo. to 5 yrs. Result: Schools are required to be obsolete A totally new curriculum development, dissemination, and implementation process is needed A totally new definition of what should be taught and learned is needed We must find ways to add, revise or discard curriculum elements with ease ...
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course ECI 301 taught by Professor Allan during the Spring '08 term at Old Dominion.
- Spring '08