Amnesia, Fantasia, Inertia in student learning – and intercultural communication.

For your weekend reading, an important article in Change magazine, Lee Shulman offers a diagnostic of what he calls the “epidemiology of mislearning.” He sees mislearning in three buckets: amnesia- in which students forget what they’ve learned; fantasia, or “illusory understanding or persistent misconceptions;” and inertia, in which students know inert ideas but are unable to apply them to “any useful purpose. The full article is here. I applaud the naming of student struggles and quibble with some of the conclusions. Will you?

If you had to read names for commencement, could you? Faculty tell us they want help both pronouncing names and developing better intercultural communication skills. So mark your calendars, we’ll hold a one hour culture camp on March 16th at 3 p.m.

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