KILO - Useful stuff

Monday, July 15, 2002
ILTweb - Publications The breach between learning and use, which is captured by the folk categories ''know what'' and "know how" may well be a product of the structure and practices of our education system. Man! methods of didactic education assume a separation between knowing and doing, treating knowledge as an integral, self-sufficient substance. theoretically independent of the situations in which it is learned and used. The primary concern of schools often seems to be the transfer of this substance, which comprises abstract. decontextualized formal concepts. The activity and context in which learning takes place are thus regarded as merely ancillary to learning--pedagogically useful, of course, but fundamentally distinct and even neutral with respect to what is learned.