By Gordon Rugg
Education is about getting new content into student’s heads, via some combination of teaching and learning.
In order to do this in an evidence-based way, one key element is a solid categorisation framework for each of the variables involved. Three key variables are:
- Types of content
- Types of delivery
- Types of learning
There are other important variables, such as physiological constraints, but we’ll focus for the moment on the three listed above.
Existing educational categorisations, such as the Visual/Auditory/Kinaesthetic model, tend to be unsystematic and/or very coarse-grained. In order to handle this area properly, a category system should as a minimum be able to handle systematically the types of content and of delivery and learning shown in the diagram below, and preferably be able to handle more.
This article is a brief overview of how we have been tackling this issue. We will go into more detail in later articles.