The Learning Challenge, created by James Nottingham, uses the concept of a “pit” to introduce a style of learning that’s advantageous for all age groups. This video introduces an interesting theory on the benefits of creating challenging learning atmospheres.
Initially, the thought of being caught in a pit doesn’t seem to complement the idea of enhanced learning. Who wants to be stuck in a pit? However, the Learning Challenge argues that when concepts are challenged, students are likely to become more engaged in the learning process, producing valuable reflection and discovery. The real benefit of Nottingham’s theory is not the idea of being in the pit, but the idea of getting out of the pit. The Learning Pit goes beyond concept memorization and basic study, requiring students to evaluate, interpret, formulate and test concept arguments.
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