Why Are We Learning This? What Is This Stuff Good for, Anyway?

Vavilis, Bob; Vavilis, Sheri L.
December 2004
Phi Delta Kappan;Dec2004, Vol. 86 Issue 4, p282
Presents three hypothetical dialogues between teacher and students that address student concerns that there is no purpose to what they are learning. Importance of discussing student concerns to give a sense of motivation and meaning; Need for students to make meaningful connections with subject matter; Belief that teachers need to disclose the possibilities and limitations of their subject matter.


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