1. If you believe that we can teach complex learning (e.g., analytical, creative thinking), HOW can it be done? Be specific; your ideas must be doable. If not, what are the “insurmountable obstacles”?
Teaching complex learning can be done through a step by step process like Bloom’s Taxonomy. It starts with the most basic practice of remembering what has been taught and progresses until the student is able to make their own concept about the topic and create more thoughts by themselves.
In a classroom, teaching parts of the body, telling them about its parts, the functions and then continues by engaging them to activities in which they will be able to explore more about the human body, analyze and reason out. You can question them with increasing difficulty which might challenge them to create their own concept about the topic.
2. Which theoretical approach/es best align/s with complex learning? Conversely, which theoretical views tend to undermine high order thinking skills? Elaborate. What are the implications to curriculum development and classroom teaching? In other words, what are the implications of specific theoretical perspectives on the way we design curriculum and plan/ implement teaching, or even in the way students learn?
Constructivists best align with complex learning. It also aims for the student to make their own generalization and not only remembering information. Behaviorists, on the other hand, undermine HOT as it stresses on the ability of a person to respond to a certain stimulus and concerns about the motivating factor which will affect one’s behaviour in a certain situation.
Curriculums and teaching plans should be made considering different theories of learning. It should consider the different abilities of students and the needs that they have. It would be challenging but this could be a big leap for our students.
3. How do you imagine might learning theory affect the progress and development of a community or a nation? As an individual with such awareness, what commitment/s, if any, can you make?
If we would give attention in these learning theories and try to adopt it in daily lives, we would see progress. I know not all of it would be effective. They have different intrinsic worth and criticisms, but if a person would be aware of how he learns better, then that would bring forth confidence and increased self-esteem.
As an individual with such awareness, I share such knowledge with my colleagues. I am a novice in teaching profession and I wanted my co-teachers who are also new to have an idea of what to do and what theory to use during certain situations. It is much helpful and I find it easier since I learnt about these theories.