Transforming Learning via Learning Sciences: Applying Theoretical Positions, Research, and Approaches within a Multidisciplinary Approach for Enhancing Learning

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Brief Abstract

Since the 1980s, there has been a growing body of literature and research that recognizes the importance of Learning Sciences (LS). Learning Sciences seek to embody a multidisciplinary approach that is aligned with the constructivist, social-constructivist, socio-cognitive, and socio-cultural theories of learning. Learning sciences will transform the way learning is perceived. This session will (1) articulate the need for an interdisciplinary approach for learning via learning sciences, (2) analyze the requirements for learning environments for the 21st century within a learning sciences framework, and (3) present a multidisciplinary approach for course design and development.

Presenters

Dr. Rohan Jowallah has worked in education for over thirty years and has international experience, teaching in the Caribbean, England, and the USA. His teaching experience includes online, face-to-face, and blended modes of course delivery. He has taught at various levels: elementary school, middle school, high school, and university. Dr. Jowallah is currently employed at the University of Central Florida as a Senior Instructional Designer. He also works as an adjunct faculty at two universities. Dr. Jowallah holds an Ed.D. in Language and Literacy in Education from the University of Sheffield in England; M.Ed. in Special Needs and Inclusion Studies from The Open University in England; BSc in Psychology from The Open University in England; Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the University of Wolverhampton in England; Diploma in Secondary Education from Bethlehem Moravian College in Jamaica and a certificate in Social Work from The University of the West Indies School of Continuing Studies. Dr. Jowallah has a published book and several peer-reviewed published journal articles and book chapters. His dominant research areas are learning spaces and inclusion. He is also an active vlogger on YouTube, with over 100 videos connected to his research interest. He currently has over 1450 subscribers and produces weekly content.

Extended Abstract

Since the 1980s, there has been a growing body of literature and research that recognizes the importance of Learning Sciences (LS). Learning Sciences seek to embody a multidisciplinary approach that is aligned with the constructivist, social-constructivist, socio-cognitive, and socio-cultural theories of learning. Applying this multidisciplinary approach to learning is a shift from the traditional methods which predominantly focused on grades and qualifications. While degrees and qualifications are essential, LS goes beyond the conventional methods by considering “... knowledge, skills, and abilities that are not yet measured well by commonplace test scores nor yet signified by established credentials” (Rochelle et al. 2014). The overall aims of learning science are “…to understand the nature of learning from a broad range of perspectives, and to shape the ways that are learning environments and resources are designed and used”(Nathan and Alibali 2010, p.10).

Learning sciences will transform the way learning is perceived. This presentation has three main objectives (1) to articulate the need for an interdisciplinary approach for learning via learning sciences, (2) to analyze the requirements for learning environments for the 21st century within a learning sciences framework, and (3) to present a multidisciplinary approach for course design and development.

During this interactive and informative session, the presenters will:

  • Share and discuss current thoughts, developments, and positions on learning sciences.
  • Share with the audience an approach for developing a framework for  course design and development
  • Articulate the principles of design-based research used by researchers with an interest in learning sciences.

Reference Nathan, M. J., & Alibali, M. W. (2010, 05). Learning sciences. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, 1(3), 329-345. doi:10.1002/wcs.54 Roschelle, J., Grover, S., & Kolodner, J. (2014). CIRCL Primer: Learning Sciences. In CIRCL Primer Series. Retrieved from http://circlcenter.org/learning-sciences/