An assessment researcher said once that
The role of the learner is not to passively receive information, but to actively participate in the construction of new meaning.
B. L. Shapiro, 1994
I would not disagree with that at all. In fact, much of the recent buzz in the K-12 social studies education movement has focused on the idea that kids need to be doing more and sitting less.
Thinking more. Analyzing more. Evaluating more. Creating more.
But if the role of social studies students is to actively participate in the construction of new knowledge, it sort of raises another question, doesn’t it?
What’s my job?
Complete the following sentence:
The role of the teacher is not to _________ but to __________.