Deep and surface learning

Some friends and I were reading up on work done by Bob Farmer at UCE on deep and surface learning*. One of the things we discussed was Bob’s reference in a recorded lecture to Queen Eleanor’s cousin as an example of a fact. A good student would go beyond the mere regurgitation of a fact (an example of surface learning) to link it to meanings in their pre-existing knowledge. My friend and I (as deep learners) made quite different links to wider meanings. She would have asked what the evidence for this fact was, while I would have wanted to know more about Queen Eleanor’s role in the power struggles of the time.

I discussed this with Bob on the phone this morning, and he said either would be a good example of deep learning.

*To be found inthe writings of Graham Gibbs, for instance

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