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Stop The Presses! Study Finds Student Prior Knowledge Is Important & Best Explored Through “Flipped Flipped Classroom” (not a typo)

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The headline of this headline sounds satirical, and is meant that way, but it does actually describe the results of a new Stanford study. The research says that before students learn about something new, their prior knowledge should be activated and then videos should be shown — they really do call it a “flipped flipped classroom.”

The study’s twist is that they suggest student’s prior knowledge is best activated through the use of an ed tech platform, though I don’t see why that has to be the case.

Yes, I agree, as do many researchers, that some kind of “assisted discovery learning” works best for students (see Is This The Most Important Research Study Of The Year? Maybe). And I’m not the biggest fan of the flipped classroom idea.

I just get a little perplexed when some proponents of ed tech claim to discover “new” best learning practices that have been around for a long time….

Thanks to Greg Toppo for the link to the study.

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