Allowing learners to struggle actually improves learning outcomes according to recent research from Singapore. The concept, deemed “productive failure,” is studied by Manu Kapur at the Learning Sciences Lab at the National Institute of Education of Singapore. In a recent publication in the Journal of Learning Sciences, Kapur applied the principle of productive failure to mathematical problem solving.

Those learners allowed to struggle when confronted with a similar problem on a test, they were better able to apply their new knowledge than those who were passive recipients of the teacher’s expertise.

An interesting read.

[via an article at Mind/Shift]

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