Creating the learners society needs: An examination of knowledge building (2007)

Lessons in Learning - September 6, 2007

Although Canadian workers have more education than ever before, numerous surveys of business leaders suggest that employers are dissatisfied with their employees’ so-called “soft” skills, such as teamwork, problem-solving, communication skills, and self-motivation. Recent research suggests that a learning strategy called knowledge building can help students acquire and develop these skills.

The authors note that the traditional view of Canada’s classrooms is that the teacher is solely responsible for identifying learning needs, planning lessons, developing meaningful learning experiences, and evaluating students’ mastery of the curriculum. Students are expected to be relatively passive in this setting, an approach that allows many of them to pass standardized tests, while failing to develop skills that will be needed in the workplace.

By comparison, knowledge building focuses on a community of learners collectively creating and recording knowledge. In a knowledge-building environment, students, rather than teachers, are invested with the individual and collective responsibility of identifying holes in their knowledge; develop plans to close them; and assessing progress in attaining their goals.

This type of collaborative and self-directed learning is the norm in the world of work, especially in the knowledge industries that are driving most of the job growth in Canada, the authors point out.

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Canadian Council on Learning (CCL). Creating the learners society needs: An examination of knowledge building 2007. Web. 5 Dec. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/lessons_learning/creating_learners_needs/creating_learners_needs.pdf>
Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) (2007). Creating the learners society needs: An examination of knowledge building. Retrieved December 5, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/lessons_learning/creating_learners_needs/creating_learners_needs.pdf
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