Sunday, January 9, 2011

Rethinking Advanced Placement

The College Board is in the process of revamping many of its AP courses. The NY Times covers the topic in an article this week. Below are some of my favorite quotes from the article. It is a very interesting read and continues to push what techniques should be used in the classroom.
The goal is to clear students’ minds to focus on bigger concepts and stimulate more analytic thinking.
Another concern is how well teachers — across the full range of A.P. subjects — will adjust to an approach that will require them to give up some control and let the students dictate more about where the class discussions go.
It also said the courses had failed to keep pace with research on how people learn: instead of listening to lectures, “more real learning takes place if students spend more time going into greater depth on fewer topics, allowing them to experience problem solving, controversies and the subtleties of scholarly investigation.”

1 comment:

  1. In a very broad sense, AP courses have always fallen on a continuum with "skills-based" on one end and "knowledge-based" on the other. It looks like they're attempting to change those courses which have been on the extreme end of the "knowledge-based" side back towards the middle, and that's probably a good thing. I will be interested to see what they decide to do with courses like English later on.