Preparing our Children for Success in the Knowledge Age Glenn Ellis   Associate Professor  Picker Engineering Program Smit...
Why hire a U.S. engineer at 5x the cost? $$$$$ $ $
Knowledge workers must:
<ul><li>Knowledge workers must: </li></ul><ul><li>Have deep conceptual understanding and creatively generate new knowledge...
<ul><li>Knowledge workers must: </li></ul><ul><li>Have deep conceptual understanding and creatively generate new knowledge...
<ul><li>Knowledge workers must: </li></ul><ul><li>Have deep conceptual understanding and creatively generate new knowledge...
<ul><li>Knowledge workers must: </li></ul><ul><li>Have deep conceptual understanding and creatively generate new knowledge...
Instructionism
Knowledge = facts and problem solving procedures
Located here
Knowledge transmitted
Simple stuff first
Test to measure knowledge acquired
Three key findings on learning
Fish is Fish I wonder what happens on land? From Fish is Fish
Fish is Fish Now I know what a bird looks like. From Fish is Fish
 
The   world is flat.
The world is round.
World world
<ul><li>If students’  initial understanding  is not engaged, it won’t change. </li></ul>
Experts and novices do things differently
2.  Students must understand facts and ideas in the context of a  conceptual framework  that facilitates retrieval and app...
3. Students need to  take control  of their own learning by defining learning goals and monitoring their progress in achie...
 
 
Girls and Engineering <ul><li>Don’t understand it. </li></ul><ul><li>Not interested in it.  </li></ul><ul><li>Not for them...
Engineering is the application of math and science to  serve humanity .
A Parable for our Time? Ibeaca, Spain (1970s)
<ul><li>Grand Challenges (NAE) </li></ul>Make  solar energy  economical Engineer new  medicines Advance  personalized lear...
In the K-12 classroom…
Knowledge Building  in the Classroom
How are plants and animals different?
How are plants and animals different? Authentic problems Discourse for sustained idea improvement based upon authoritative...
Seeding Knowledge Building
 
Story that Engages the Imagination Somatic Mythic Romantic Philosophic Ironic
Story that Engages the Imagination Somatic Mythic —binary opposites, mystery… Romantic —limits of reality, heroes …  Philo...
<ul><li>Summary </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge society requires education to change.  </li></ul><ul><li>We must engage precon...
<ul><li>I really didn’t mean to say or imply… </li></ul><ul><li>Lecture is bad or activities are good. </li></ul><ul><li>F...
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Glenn Ellis, PhD, talks to the Castilleja school community on the topic of STEM/engineering education and girls.

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    1. 1. Preparing our Children for Success in the Knowledge Age Glenn Ellis Associate Professor Picker Engineering Program Smith College
    2. 2. Why hire a U.S. engineer at 5x the cost? $$$$$ $ $
    3. 3. Knowledge workers must:
    4. 4. <ul><li>Knowledge workers must: </li></ul><ul><li>Have deep conceptual understanding and creatively generate new knowledge and products. </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Knowledge workers must: </li></ul><ul><li>Have deep conceptual understanding and creatively generate new knowledge and products. </li></ul><ul><li>Critically evaluate what they read, express themselves clearly, and understand scientific and mathematical thinking. </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>Knowledge workers must: </li></ul><ul><li>Have deep conceptual understanding and creatively generate new knowledge and products. </li></ul><ul><li>Critically evaluate what they read, express themselves clearly, and understand scientific and mathematical thinking. </li></ul><ul><li>Possess integrated, contextualized, usable knowledge. </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>Knowledge workers must: </li></ul><ul><li>Have deep conceptual understanding and creatively generate new knowledge and products. </li></ul><ul><li>Critically evaluate what they read, express themselves clearly, and understand scientific and mathematical thinking. </li></ul><ul><li>Possess integrated, contextualized, usable knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>Take responsibility for their own lifelong learning. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Instructionism
    9. 9. Knowledge = facts and problem solving procedures
    10. 10. Located here
    11. 11. Knowledge transmitted
    12. 12. Simple stuff first
    13. 13. Test to measure knowledge acquired
    14. 14. Three key findings on learning
    15. 15. Fish is Fish I wonder what happens on land? From Fish is Fish
    16. 16. Fish is Fish Now I know what a bird looks like. From Fish is Fish
    17. 18. The world is flat.
    18. 19. The world is round.
    19. 20. World world
    20. 21. <ul><li>If students’ initial understanding is not engaged, it won’t change. </li></ul>
    21. 22. Experts and novices do things differently
    22. 23. 2. Students must understand facts and ideas in the context of a conceptual framework that facilitates retrieval and application.
    23. 24. 3. Students need to take control of their own learning by defining learning goals and monitoring their progress in achieving them.
    24. 27. Girls and Engineering <ul><li>Don’t understand it. </li></ul><ul><li>Not interested in it. </li></ul><ul><li>Not for them. </li></ul>
    25. 28. Engineering is the application of math and science to serve humanity .
    26. 29. A Parable for our Time? Ibeaca, Spain (1970s)
    27. 30. <ul><li>Grand Challenges (NAE) </li></ul>Make solar energy economical Engineer new medicines Advance personalized learning Reverse-engineer the brain … and 10 more.
    28. 31. In the K-12 classroom…
    29. 32. Knowledge Building in the Classroom
    30. 33. How are plants and animals different?
    31. 34. How are plants and animals different? Authentic problems Discourse for sustained idea improvement based upon authoritative sources Community knowledge, collective responsibility Students find their way
    32. 35. Seeding Knowledge Building
    33. 37. Story that Engages the Imagination Somatic Mythic Romantic Philosophic Ironic
    34. 38. Story that Engages the Imagination Somatic Mythic —binary opposites, mystery… Romantic —limits of reality, heroes … Philosophic —search for authority and truth… Ironic
    35. 39. <ul><li>Summary </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge society requires education to change. </li></ul><ul><li>We must engage preconceptions, organize learning, and have students take control. </li></ul><ul><li>Authentic engineering that serves humanity engages women. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider knowledge building and narrative. </li></ul>
    36. 40. <ul><li>I really didn’t mean to say or imply… </li></ul><ul><li>Lecture is bad or activities are good. </li></ul><ul><li>Forget content. </li></ul><ul><li>There are any cookbook solutions. </li></ul><ul><li>These are my ideas. </li></ul>
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