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2002 Research Seminar Program

Murdoch University and WAIER cordially invite you to an afternoon seminar to be held at Murdoch University in the Student Amenities Building Room (behind the Bookshop) (Carpark 7 - free after 4.15)

Tuesday July 16th, 4.30-6.30 pm

Designing powerful learning environments for enhancing students' self-regulatory learning skills

Erik De Corte
Center for Instructional Psychology and Technology (CIP&T)
University of Leuven, Belgium

Changes in society during the late part of the 20th century have induced a growing need for the acquisition by all citizens of aspects of high literacy, such as thinking (critically), solving complex problems, communication skills, and regulating one's own learning. However, it has repeatedly been observed that education has not been able to keep up with these developments. Due to educaton's slowness in responding to changes in society, there is "an ever-widening gap between the education that people need for today's complex world and the education they receive" (ERT, 1995, p.6).

Our current better understanding of the processes of learning and development can guide the design of more powerful instructional settings and learning communities to facilitate in students the acquisition of a disposition toward self-regulated learning, and skilled thinking and problem solving.

Taking into account this research-based knowledge, I will first present a framework for the design of high-powered learning communities, and then consecutively describe two design experiments that are based on, and embody major components of this framework, one focussing on mathematical problem solving in the upper primary school, and a second study relating to the acquisition of self-regulatory skills in university freshmen.

Erik DE CORTE: A Brief Biography

Erik De Corte is currently Professor of Educational Psychology and Director of the Center for Instructional Psychology and Technology (CIP&T) at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He was one of the founders and the first President (1985-1989) of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI). He was also the founding editor of the EARLI-journal Learning and Instruction (1990-1993), and is currently associate editor of the International Journal of Educational Research.

His major research interest is to contribute to the development of theories of learning from instruction, focusing thereby on learning, teaching, and assessment of thinking and problem solving, especially in mathematics and in computational environments.

Professor De Corte has received many awards and been involved in educational research and published prolifically. For example in Athens in August 1997, he received the first "EARLI Oeuvre Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Learning and Instruction". For further information see: http://perswww.kuleuven.ac.be/~p1486000/

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