Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: An Offer You Can’t Refuse

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Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen

Question: What educational research is absolutely critical for educators to know of and use in their teaching? Paul A. Kirschner, Luce Claessens, and Steven Raaijmakers have just written a book (in Dutch), bringing these absolute core pieces together and showing how teachers can use them to their own and their learners’ benefit. The book, aimed at (future) primary school teachers, will also be available via open access starting January 12th. In the coming months we’ll choose a few of the chapters and summarise them in our blog here.

In 1675, Isaac Newton wrote a letter to colleague and competitor Robert Hooke in which he wrote: “If I have seen further, it is by standing of the shoulders of giants.”

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What he meant is that research and our knowledge progresses by building on earlier discoveries by others. That’s how it usually goes, both…

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