Learning, Creating, and Using Knowledge: Concept Maps as Facilitative Tools in Schools and Corporations

Learning, Creating, and Using Knowledge: Concept Maps as Facilitative Tools in Schools and Corporations

Learning, Creating, and Using Knowledge: Concept Maps as Facilitative Tools in Schools and Corporations

Learning, Creating, and Using Knowledge: Concept Maps as Facilitative Tools in Schools and Corporations

Synopsis

This fully revised and updated edition of Learning, Creating, and Using Knowledge recognizes that the future of economic well being in today's knowledge and information society rests upon the effectiveness of schools and corporations to empower their people to be more effective learners and knowledge creators. Novak's pioneering theory of education presented in the first edition remains viable and useful. This new edition updates his theory for meaningful learning and autonomous knowledge building along with tools to make it operational - that is, concept maps, created with the use of CMapTools and the V diagram.

The theory is easy to put into practice, since it includes resources to facilitate the process, especially concept maps, now optimised by CMapTools software. CMapTools software is highly intuitive and easy to use. People who have until now been reluctant to use the new technologies in their professional lives are will find this book particularly helpful. Learning, Creating, and Using Knowledge is essential reading for educators at all levels and corporate managers who seek to enhance worker productivity.

Excerpt

The Carnegie Corporation-Institute for Advanced Study Commission on Mathematics and Science Education has just (June 2009) issued a new report urging the United States to seize the opportunity to close the gap between our students’ current levels of achievement and the levels needed to meet future demands of a rapidly changing world. To this end, the commission calls for national standards in mathematics and science education, improved mathematics and science teaching and nothing less than the redesign of schools and school systems to provide excellent and equitable education to all students.

Learning, Creating, and Using Knowledge lays out one possible approach to that redesign. As Joseph Novak makes clear in this second edition today’s “education crisis” is a real and frustratingly recurrent theme in American education. This book, he notes, “is for anyone who believes education can be significantly improved and who is frustrated with the parade of educational ‘innovations’ of the past half century that seem to have accomplished so little.”

What is so frustrating for Novak and many of us is that we have the theories and tools to improve education and some of those theories and tools have been around for a good fifty years. Indeed, Novak laid out one possible theory and tool set more than 30 years ago in A Theory of Education. Ralph Tyler, writing the Foreword, noted that “[m]any instructors … have wished for a comprehensive theory of learning and education that would furnish a consistent basis for explaining their successful efforts and guide their daily work.” Novak had done so back then; that’s what so frustrating now. in A Theory of Education, he likened education reform to Brownian motion, constantly changing but going nowhere. in Learning, Creating, and Using Knowledge he notes: “I asserted then, and I would assert even more forcefully now, that this characterization is likely to persist unless educators in every educational setting, businesses as well as schools, seek to base change on a comprehensive theory of education.”

1 http://www.opportunityequation.org/

2 Novak, J.D. (1977). A theory of education. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

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