“This Day in History…”: Great Ideas in Education

February 2019

Eleanor Duckworth’s “Tell Me More: Listening to Learners Explain” was released in February 2000. Drawing from the work of Jean Piaget and Bärbel Inhelder, Duckworth has conducted teacher education, curriculum development, and program evaluations across the globe. Dr. Duckworth delivered a keynote address at the 2003 AATC Annual Conference.

As a student of Piaget, Duckworth recognized the impacts of students’ prior learning experiences and knowledge. Teachers can challenge students to explore and expand their thinking through appropriately planned learning opportunities. In “Tell Me More: Listening to Learners Explain,” Duckworth and her colleagues explore how students of all ages connect and engage in learning. Through the work of Duckworth, educators can be reminded of the importance of listening to student explanations and using student voice to develop learning opportunities that move from questions to deeper learning and answers.

As we consider the work of Dr. Duckworth, we can strive to continue to develop and use curricula that allow students to have a voice that leads to meaningful and engaging learning experiences. The following questions may help us to further our work. In the spirit of encouraging dialogue, a foundational component of AATC’s identity, we encourage you to share your thoughts and engage in discourse in the comments section:

  • What methods can we use to aid in listening to learners explain? How can we use what we learn from listening to students to develop improved learning opportunities?
  • How can we use student explanations to inform educational decisions? How can Duckworth’s ideas be applied to learners of various ages and levels?

Written by Dr. Corey Nagle

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